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2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes (CH)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 03.04.2014 - Tagged as: ,

 

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes has created a house on a sloping site located at the edge of a rural village in suburban Geneva, facing south towards Salève mountain which majestically overlooks the area.

 

 

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

“A family with two children who loves Brazilian architecture wanted to build there a new house.” says Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes. “As is the case with most Swiss rural regions today, the zone is under design protection, which represented quite a challenge for designing a contemporary residence.”

 

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

“The almost obligatory position of the volume in the steepest part of the slope, the limited height of the building and the only possible access to the plot from the south-west corner have made the garden a very central element of the project. Enclosing the house softly in a protective atmosphere, it extends the living room area and blurs the limits between inside and outside.”

 

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

“The landscape with the impressive cliffy Salève mountain inspired the design of a solid, autonomous and mineral volume. All enclosing walls are in exposed concrete and were built in one single manufacturing process in order to procure a monolithic aspect without any horizontal division.”

 

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

“Privacy in relation to the neighbouring houses was a vital consideration. Instead of placing windows all around the volume, angled roof-lights stretch across the first floor and let the light flow into the heart of the house. The project’s organisation is based on a matrix of 3 x 3 units with a hall and staircase in the center.”

 

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

2LB House by Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod /mc2

“The singular features of this house consist of three distinct space structures: the ‘glasshouse’ for the most public areas which access the garden on the ground floor; the ‘cave’ for all service areas – excavated into the slope. And the ‘lived-in roof’ with its attic-type roof-lights for bedrooms, bathrooms, dressing room, family room and studio. These elements synergise into a simply solution.”

 

PROJECT DATA
Architect: Raphaël Nussbaumer Architectes
Project team: Raphaël Nussbaumer, Frédéric Perone, Anjéla Aubert, Luis Antunes, Reto
Oechslin, Davide Righenzi
Structure: Ingeni, Carouge
Landscape: Pascal Heyraud architecte paysagiste, Neuchâtel
Colors: Annette Roserens, Zurich
Energy consulting: Estia, Ecublens
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Living space : 320 m2

 

to the Raphael Nussbaumer Architectes website

 

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