Swiss building regulations are notoriously tight and building on this block was particularly challenging. Camenzind explains: ‘There are strict rules around boundary distance and building volume, which means it’s quite difficult to be creative with buildings in Switzerland. But we were determined to build something
It’s certainly an apartment for those with certain tastes, but its downtown views and dual-floor wrap-around terraces are the best decoration of all
Our customer likes to spend the evening with large companies and very much to all of this was taken into account. Just needed a Bio-fireplace, large screen TV and a large kitchen. The decision came at once – we did not share, and made false
Generous overhangs, external sliding shutters and perforated steel and aluminium eaves assist with naturally shading the facades. All doors and windows have performance glazing and are mostly full height which, together with the careful arrangement of internal spaces, ensured that the magnificent views are optimised
Another tip is to go with a shallower depth. Tight-back sofas and sectionals don’t have extra pillows and can be as shallow as 32 inches while still feeling as generous as a standard 40-inch-deep sofa. Going for a sectional 32 to 36 inches deep can
Within this lush almost ambrosial setting, the predominantly hard and monolithic landscape design creates a deliberate experiential counterpoint. The building facade also becomes part of this setting, especially at the ground-plane level where, every so often, large vertically furrowed stone-clad panel walls frame the open
An indirect linear light covers the vertical surfaces, highlighting the qualities of the materials, and it is combined with spotlights that emphasise some particular elements. A backlit background with an image of a forest in autumn surrounds the set and provides a natural context for
Farther inside, we find the master bedroom, where again, white is the predominant color. Used not only in its floors and walls, but also in its furniture and in the fabrics covering the bed, it adds to the luminosity in an environment that already receives
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