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Holiday Home in Vitznau / alp Architektur Lischer Partner

  • 01:00 - 20 August, 2013
Holiday Home in Vitznau / alp Architektur Lischer Partner
Holiday Home in Vitznau / alp Architektur Lischer Partner, © Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Vitznau, Switzerland
  • Project Manager

    Nicole Renggli-Frey
  • Planners

    Jung Pirmin, Rain LU / Trachsel AG, Luzern / Appert Zwahlen Partner AG, Cham ZG / Sphinx, Luzern
  • Construction Manager

    Tripol AG, Luzern
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

From the architect. The clients' desire was to live in a timber house. However, the challenging geology, the exceptional hillside location and the existing environment prompted us to design a solid construction in which the hard shell of the concrete facade encases and protects the soft core of the timber house. The prefabricated timber frame cassettes were erected, sealed and insulated on site and clad with single skin concrete. The timber construction stands as 'a house in a house'. In combination with the concrete shell, it was possible to optimise its load bearing dimensions as it does not have to resist any shear forces.

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

The clear cubature anchors the house to the hillside. A bridge leads to an open courtyard with a garage and the entrance to the house. The family rooms, such as the dining and living rooms, are situated on the top floor. The bedrooms on the two lower floors are accessed by two opposing staircases. This feature creates a corridor through the structure which leads to various rooms that vary in orientation and have different outlooks.

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

The air-blown concrete facade was executed in Wesen gravel that adopts the reddish colour and graininess of the prominent rock face behind the house. The entire wooden casing (floors, walls, ceiling) is executed in larch wood block panels. The timber can also be seen from outside through the openings and recesses. Fixed glazing framed in larch emphasises the impressive views of the Lake Lucerne landscape.

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

Dividing elements and island units, also in larch, were used to zone out the main rooms. A structure with a cloakroom and the rear side of the kitchen divides the area adjacent to the entrance. The living room is complemented by an element housing the fireplace and a media cabinet. Each bedroom contains an en-suite unit with built-in clothes cupboard. Due to this, the holiday home assumes the typology of a hotel room – creating a kind of private holiday hotel.

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Thachday kts · August 24, 2013

Ki?n trúc sinh thái ! ?ây là công trình minh ch?ng cho vi?c Sinh thái không có ngh?a là Cây xanh .

Papo de Arquiteto · August 24, 2013

Uma belíssima obra. Parabéns

sergio · August 23, 2013

ricorda molto la picture house degli architetti Barilari

Ernst · August 23, 2013

I think it fits in astonishingly well with the scenery...

Gary Belcher · August 23, 2013

An incredibly beautiful scene of nature spoiled by an industrial, anti-nature block of of concrete. For shame!!

GS · February 01, 2014 01:01 AM

You're right. This kind of buildings show a Europe that is giving up its heritage, embracing a sort of self genocide.


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