Published at Thursday, August 31st 2017. by Julissa xirah in Modern House.
Despite its model good looks, the house has been designed for everyday living and practical and ecological elements are integrated into the design. The rear wall of the living room functions as a storage and display space; the kitchen grows out of the same wall and in the bedrooms the wall functions as a screen, to separate the bathrooms from the sleeping spaces. Ecologically, the house meets Switzerland’s Minergie standard with features including thermally activated concrete floors that connect to a geothermal heat pump to heat the house in winter and cool it in summer. The glass façades are triple glazed and have external blinds for optimal control of heat gain from the sun.
Peeping through the keyhole”: the house’s geometry is regular, while the architectural concept of tempting the guest entering the house was achieved by the openings in the structure’s pergola, whose sizes vary. By reflex, the guest is attracted to the upper object, noting the varying openings that provide a clue to whatever follows
The house does have its quiet corners, too. Theres always a back wall, which helps give a more cosy feeling, Camenzind says. And you can close the blinds to create a peaceful, private corner.’ Practical considerations
The Tobogan House is a generic three-storey house on a southern slope. The project juxtaposes two houses and a void that houses a car park, an entrance and two staircases, working as a thermal regulator and constructing a tracking shot between a garden, a folie and a picturesque grotto while crossing through the lounge, sauna-fitness center, bar, dining room and kitchen.
The top floor studio with its panoramic views and two roof terraces is the culmination of this seamless flow between inside and out.
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