Holiday Home in Vitznau / alp Architektur Lischer Partner

  • 20 Aug 2013
  • Houses Selected Works
© Roger Frei

Architects: alp Architektur Lischer Partner
Location: ,
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
Year: 2011
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

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

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

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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  • Gary Belcher

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

    • GS

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

  • Ernst

    I think it fits in astonishingly well with the scenery…

  • sergio

    ricorda molto la picture house degli architetti Barilari

  • Papo de Arquiteto

    Uma belíssima obra. Parabéns

  • Thachday kts

    Kiến trúc sinh thái ! Đây là công trình minh chứng cho việc Sinh thái không có nghĩa là Cây xanh .