House with Lake view

House with Lake view

Architect
Christian Kerez
Location
Thalwil, Switzerland | View Map
Project Year
2013
Category
Private Houses
Stories By
Christian Kerez

Air-Lux Technik AG
Mikael Olsson
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
ManufacturersAir-Lux Technik AG
ManufacturersLaufen
ManufacturersFLUMROC
ManufacturersForster Profilsysteme AG
ManufacturersFoster S.p.A
ManufacturersHOLCIM

Product Spec Sheet
Manufacturers
by Laufen
Manufacturers
by FLUMROC
Manufacturers
Manufacturers
Manufacturers
by HOLCIM

House with Lake view

Christian Kerez as Architects

The house is the inversion of the architecture typical of housing developments built into a slope. Every flat consists of one single room, staggered and facing the lake. Since the staggering follows the slope of the land, the evening sun reaches deep into the building in the summer. At the same time, the terracing allows all of the flats to have a view of the lake from the area facing the slope as well. The flats frame the view of the lake and are designed to block out the neighbouring buildings. A sequence of photographs taken along different contour lines of the slope assists in defining the exact view from each flat during the design process. The rooms that can be closed off, like the access stairs or the bathrooms, are placed in niche-like protrusions on the lateral walls.


The project makes maximum use of the land, as stipulated by zoning regulations. The distorted, slanting body of the roof is a visual interpretation of the zoning laws that apply to the parcel. Every single point of the roof describes the maximum permitted height of the building, whose amorphous shape is heightened by lateral protrusions. The roof and the walls become a homogeneous unit through the use of black colour for the covering of the roof, walls, stairs and window frame. The monolithic colour emphasizes the sculptural, solid appearance of the building.

air-lux window façade system

Air-Lux Technik AG as Manufacturers

11 air-lux sliding windows and transparent, entirely glass parapets on three floors, 13 m room width, 4.1 m high glass walls in upper floor, 3.8 x 2.7 m sliding windows, large fixed glazed windows on the side façade, tilt and turn windows in the lower floor.

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