Located in a mountainous region, a collection of jagged concrete forms rise up from the terrain and offer 360 degree views out over the dramatic landscape.
- Les Sciernes, Switzerland
Taking inspiration from the awe-inspiring alpine scenery on all sides, the design of this three-bedroom family home in Switzerland is driven by an internal journey that responds to the topography of the site.
Acting like a small mountain range, a series of pitched volumes spiral around a central courtyard, growing sequentially like a set of Russian dolls.
The first and last of the units are designed for use by each of the owners, with an artist’s studio in the smallest block and a yoga studio occupying the other end.
The semi-enclosed courtyard provides a sheltered spot from the wind and is surrounded by a south-facing glass wall that helps to warm the building in winter.
The pin-wheel plan of the house radiates outward, forming sharp peaks with windows aligned to a central point and therefore offering views out in all directions.
Ground Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Residents will enter the house and walk through a series of ever increasing levels, each offering a framed scene of the landscape beyond.
This journey culminates in a grand vista from a set of full-length windows that look onto the village below from a meditation space at the highest point in the house.
The open-plan rooms blend seamlessly into one another and allow for the majestic sculpted ceiling to be experienced free of obstruction.