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Zufferey House / Nunatak Sàrl Architectes

  • 00:00 - 8 July, 2009
Zufferey House / Nunatak Sàrl Architectes
Zufferey House / Nunatak Sàrl Architectes, © Dominique Wehrli
© Dominique Wehrli

© Dominique Wehrli © Dominique Wehrli © Dominique Wehrli © Dominique Wehrli +21

© Dominique Wehrli
© Dominique Wehrli

« L'Ardévaz », is the name of that mountain. It is located above the site at the north. Its shape and material structure is the unique inspiration to plan the house. Formally, the house looks like a stone block lying on the ground in a fragile balance. It is covered with a skin of natural slates.

The sloping roof is in harmony with the east and west sides of the mountain. The fitting' slates is an image of the stone stratum.

© Dominique Wehrli
© Dominique Wehrli

The openings remind of the horizontal marks of the old career's path.

Their dimension and position frame the landscape from the first front to the background: vineyards, hillside and mountains.

© Dominique Wehrli
© Dominique Wehrli

The unusual aspect of the project does not respect exactly the rules of the local construction regulations. It was finally considered, with courage, like a variation of the traditional roof to two flaps.


The repartition of the familial functions does not follow the usual" best" orientation in that part of the Wallis. The outside extensions of the main living area, like terrace and garden, are located on the east and south sides so that to prevent family life from western wind and hot summer temperature.

© Dominique Wehrli
© Dominique Wehrli


For economic reasons and comfort, the house was erected with a prefabricated wood framework with an interior coating in painted wood particle panels and protected from outside with an insulation coat and numerous ranges of slates placed in the same way to the roof'slope.

© Dominique Wehrli
© Dominique Wehrli

Roof and floor structure are in "massive" fir planks keeping their natural aspect.

Heating system is integrated inside the floor concrete slab creating an "active slab".

© Dominique Wehrli
© Dominique Wehrli

The flooring is composed by a grey and rough concrete screed directly applicated on the slab.

Choice and implementation of the materials were systematically simplified so that to reduce the costs that a shape of sophistication would have increased. Less is more....

© Dominique Wehrli
© Dominique Wehrli

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liu · October 23, 2012

what is the scale of the drafts ?

Claudia Totir · March 08, 2012

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Luiz Dumont · May 13, 2010

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Gardener · March 25, 2010

Excellent work on this article. It makes for an interesting and Thoughtful read.

benzoo ? · July 19, 2009

Now that's what I call cool house :-)

Lady Manuka · July 16, 2009

U-G-L-Y.....I'm with Prince Charles on this one.

HyunChung · July 13, 2009

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Michael Nash · July 13, 2009

Where are the lifeboats?

I've heard of architecture "sinking into the landscape," but this takes it a little too seriously!

Does an architect go down with his ship? ;-P

Ahmad Fakhry · July 12, 2009

this is also worth a goo,

isaaaaac21 · July 10, 2009

zuffrey house= dope!

MAKE DESIGN · July 10, 2009

Favorite project off the blogs today.

Arvin · July 09, 2009

Sorry tommo! I'm sure you can do better than that..

Yeah! The bedrooms.. WTF is that?

anonymous · July 09, 2009

in a big scale i mean.

anonymous · July 09, 2009

it's not bad, i only wanna know how they going to do with the rain, on the east elevation,

But i like how's the volumetry, i think this "object" speaks about the land.

tommo · July 09, 2009

At first glance it looks like someone's accidentally dropped a very large static caravan from a great height into a field. But sorry, trying to hide the evidence by changing the windows and talking about its relationship with the mountain really doesn't cut the cheese for me.
Yes it could be interesting i agree, but it feels too heavy handed.
Oh and Arvin - I'M a first year undergrad student and I really really hope that my interiors have more imagination and less (yellow, look at the bathroom) concrete.

Juca · July 09, 2009

I gotta agree with Arvin and Amandazz. Those bedrooms just could not have been designed by an architect! Too bad to be true!

Oldesque urbanbike ! · July 09, 2009 Cette maison n'est pas plantée dans le sol…!
Volume perdu dans le galetas ou circulation d'air chaud…? Nunatak archis.

Rick · July 09, 2009

I don't see how a mountain can inspire nothing but the gratuitous formality of a "balanced" tilted box - unless we're thinking about a landslide flattening the hill. A ball could have the very same conceptual justification. Or a banana. I hope those get built right next to this, to complete the picture. Courageous, alright, to say the least.

Lasse · July 09, 2009

I agree with you Arvin..

The interior seems to fight the concept instead of trying to bennefit from it.

I miss a visual connection on the lenght axis of the house (the tube), exposing the connection earth-mountain/sky.

Arvin · July 09, 2009

a strong image, but nothing more than that.. the interiors appear to be designed by a 1st year undergrad student and the materials just don't fit the building! like i said, a strong 'concept' (reminds me of MVRDV) but poorly executed! what a disappointment..

Richie · July 09, 2009

Though the form seems totally arbitrary in relation to the internal planning it does make it fit better as an object in the landscape (I had to laugh at the description calling it a "sloppy roof"!).. I like the materiality also.

Amandazz · July 09, 2009

Now this is what ima talkin' about....;) Lovely!!

kez · July 09, 2009

Absolutely amazing =)

A touch of whimsy - fantastic

thomas foral · July 09, 2009

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INawe · July 09, 2009

I didn't think it could happen but it has... Its a UFO in a form that isn't a blob. :/

As a building its too much of a one liner for me. Nice... not amazing.

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