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House in Balsthal / PASCAL FLAMMER

  • 01:00 - 18 March, 2014
House in Balsthal / PASCAL FLAMMER
House in Balsthal / PASCAL FLAMMER, © Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu

© Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu +29

© Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu

This timber house is about different ways of perceiving the landscape surrounding it.

© Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu

There are two principal floors; one set 750mm below the earth, one 1500mm above.

© Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu

The ground floor consists of one single family room with a noticeably low horizontal ceiling. In this space there is a physical connection with the nature outside the continuous windows. The space above is the inverse. This floor is divided into four equal rooms with 6m high ceilings. The height defines the space.

© Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu

Large windows open to composed views of the wheat field. Whereas the ground floor is about connecting with the visceral nature of the context, the floor above is about observing nature - a more distant and cerebral activity.

© Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu

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Lukas · May 22, 2015

Realy nice House in CLT, realy like it, but for me to much wooden surfaces, I prefer to have ceiling and one wall in wood rest painted and floor in concrete , furnitures and decoration in diferent material than CLT - in other words to much wood in wood for my taste :)

kaiserbold · May 22, 2015

great project! there is our try to rebuild this amazing house in 3d:

MOS&CO · March 03, 2015

There's a definite Kazuo Shinohara aesthetic to this place. Looks amazing!

Ebc · November 20, 2014

what is the roofing material?

Maikerun · November 19, 2014

How wonderful! I never thought of it before, something so simple, but as long at the windows start above ground then the amount of light is not affected. It must be a cosy experience to within the earth, and the fine details of nature that you must suddenly notice from there. Fantastic!

the wix · November 18, 2014

You have to duck down to get in the front door?

Axio · July 18, 2014

Beautiful exterior and ingenious design. I particularly enjoy the reversal of the expected heaviness at the base of the building. That said, I'm seeing more and more work coming out of northern Europe where every interior surface is wrapped in the same wood and I just cannot get behind it. Its actually somewhat worse than the standard gypsum white box (walls and ceiling as gwb) because not only are the walls and ceiling the same wood finish material, but so is the floor. The interior spaces become bland and seemingly unfinished. Perhaps this is a cultural thing in northern european countries, a re-enactment of the sauna in the normal living spaces, and people love it. In that case so be it, but otherwise the end result reminds me more of a plywood shack than a room in a home. Wood is a fantastic material that comes in a huge variety of textures, tones, and colors, utilize that spectrum!

? · December 31, 2014 11:27 PM

This house reminds me of an apple's red outer skin with its yellowy-lighter interior.

Sidney White · May 30, 2014

Remarkable idea and execution. Also, the photographer is to be commended; really understands lighting. Awesome. These photos will rotate on my PC desktop for awhile.

Robert Cooper · March 24, 2014

Congratulations Team and Owner for a superb building.

fasp1nos · March 20, 2014

One of the most epic mountain houses we have seen recently! On behalf of Oxford Brookes, I would like to thank you for the exhibition and the lecture you gave in Glass Tank OBU last year! Congratulations for your quality!

skrilax · March 19, 2014

Perfect and fresh.

Seth Callander · March 19, 2014

Very little surpasses this.


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