Earlier last year, a Swiss architectural practice Lussi + Halter Partner AG have completed this 618-square-meters semi-detached residence located near the city of Lucerne. Overlooking the picturesque Lake Lucerne and set among lush woodland area surrounded by oak, birch, chestnut and evergreen trees, the two-storey house features a dark grey concrete façade and an overhang while ‘continuous glass facade on the ground floor makes it possible for the inhabitants to enjoy a direct connection with their surroundings’.
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‘This unique semi-detached house is located in the community of Kastanienbaum (“Chestnut Tree”), not far from the City of Lucerne and on the shores of Lake Lucerne. In fact, the property abuts the lake at a woodland area mixed with oak, birch, chestnut and evergreen trees. Imagine the feeling of a stroll in the forest with its atmospheric interplay of light penetrating dense shadows, all leading to a flowering meadow; the goal of retaining this feeling played a major role from the project’s very conception.
‘The new construction is being located in this picturesque landscape in such a way that only a minimum of the existing terrain is being taken for the actual building. From a concrete deck, a ramp ushers you to the building where a concrete overhang defines the veranda area; from there, a wide stairway leads into the forest. The new exterior space attempts to preserve the existing atmosphere and is covered with a thick grove of birch and cherry trees as well as hedges. The strong presence of the landscape reinforces the perception of living in nature.’
‘Due to the building’s seemingly floating envelope, it virtually merges into the environment and thereby creates a clearly identifiable dual-purpose space: depending on how the wooden roller shutters are adjusted, the terrace becomes part of the interior or outdoor space. In this way, the open car port is able to become an enclosed garage.’