Private House / Gramazio & Kohler

  • 12 Aug 2012
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Architects: Gramazio & Kohler
Location: Uster,
Architect In Charge: Raffael Gaus
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Roman Keller

Collaborators: Anya Meyer, Cristian Veranasi, Manuel Bader, Damaris Baumann, Gabriel Cuellar, Peter Heckeroth, Claudia Nasri, Silvan Oesterle

This dwelling, which reinterprets the typology of the surrounding gable-roof houses, gains its marked design by adapting form to context parametrically.

Section 03

The stipulations of two geometric operations were used to determine the groundplan shape of the house. One condition was to keep the neighbouring house’s view of the lake free; the other was to permit access and parking behind the house. Like a tent, an overhanging pitched roof covers the high rooms in the upper storey. The window strip, which runs along the edge of the roof, emphasises the horizontal structure. 315 vertical wooden slats, affixed to the surface of the wall, completely envelope the facades. By milling the edges, the cross sections of the slats were modulated in correspondence with the window strip so that requirements of sight and sun protection were fulfilled, and various, flowing levels of transparency could be set.

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    I’ve got to know………in case of a fire how do the occupants escape from the operable bedroom windows? The wooden slats seem to prevent escape or even access by the fire department.

    The other thing I’m dying to know is how does anyone ever wash these windows? I’m constantly seeing clever and attractive screenings of late but likewise many are pushed up against the glass and I’m just wondering how the glass ever gets washed.

    These are not criticisms but sincere curious questions.

    Ronh Architect.

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