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K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati

  • 01:00 - 28 May, 2010
K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati
K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati

K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati +9

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architect

     Valerio Olgiati
  • Project Manager

     Pascal Flammer
  • Structural Engineer

     Patrick Gartmann, partner of Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann AG, Chur
  • Construction Supervisor

     Peter Diggelmann, Archobau AG, Chur
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

From the architect. An unpretentious entrance, then a strangely self-contained, dimly lit, winding corridor that leads down a flight of steps as if we were descending into a cave. But then we open a door —and are left speechless. The square room that we now enter is spacious and light. Four large, rectangular windows, all of the same size, open onto views of four different “pictures” and transform the living room of the house into a kind of pavilion, open to all sides —an impression that is made all the stronger when, in fine weather, the windows are sunk into the ground and the four winds waft through the room.

But the living room does not consist solely of walls with large window openings. One corner of the square is occupied by an opaque volume, and the rectangular flight of steps is wrapped around another. Thus the walls do not make a fragile impression like surfaces folded into right angles; rather, the room seems to be part of an organism that constitutes the whole. It is this dimension that gives the building ist strength, its almost excessive impact, and it is from this that everything else ensues. The building is not put together, it is a spatial shell.

Each room, no matter how small, is complete in itself. All the reinforced concrete interior walls are of equal thickness. Furthermore, constructed of the same light-coloured, exposed concrete that gives the building its monochrome unity. The house definitely does not belong to the world of vertebrates, but to the realm of the crustaceans.

The volume and compactness of the building is impressive, as are the atmospheric contrast and lighting effects and the different characters of the main rooms. But the contrasts, far from leading to a fragmentation of the whole, reinforce it and give it the character of a real organism.

Cite: "K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati" 28 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/61790/kn-residence-valerio-olgiati/>
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Niccolo Machiavelli · November 17, 2011

K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati | ArchDaily http://t.co/O3IUFl4c via @archdaily

ivo · May 31, 2010

hey Leo, I think that the " house " is horrible, but its a matter of taste, lets be respectful ... at least or at last

josephiklein.com · May 30, 2010

a poor man in a grand Castle . I LOVE IT. its wonderfully new well adjusted writer guy is flipping i should have just made a cat face out of font kinda of like this sword /==/=====>

Bruce · May 30, 2010

Obviously English is not the first language, nor maybe the second, of the individual charged with writing the narrative, but I am not impressed with what little is shown of the building either. Some rooms are poorly proportioned, some simply waste too much space, some just don't make sense.

Rick S. · May 30, 2010

"Each room, no matter how small, is complete in itself." Good, no half-rooms to worry about... I'm always afraid of those. And those vertebrate houses too. They give me the creeps.

cortebrezo · May 29, 2010

K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati http://j.mp/axwWCD

P · May 28, 2010

Nice but sad space. Paint it and you spoil it.

THIAGO ESPOSITO · May 28, 2010

mais uma casa de psicopata q adoraria morar... K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati http://bit.ly/99mTZz (via @BreakingArch)

Architecture News · May 28, 2010

K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati http://bit.ly/99mTZz via http://topicfire.com/Architect...

Leonardo Ximenes · May 28, 2010

The guy who wrote this description is the one who "definitely does not belong to the world of vertebrates, but to the realm of the crustaceans".

hamatomo · May 28, 2010
dados · May 28, 2010

"unpretentious" is probably the most pretentious word I know of.

hamatomo · May 28, 2010

Looking at: "K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati | ArchDaily"( http://twitthis.com/th3ur4 )

Anna · May 28, 2010

Can't it be photographed from far away?

up_today_arch · May 28, 2010

But... what is this house from outside?... How it built in landscape?

bluevertical · May 28, 2010

K+N Residence by Valerio Olgiati http://bit.ly/d9lae6 #architecture #interiordesign #minimalism *a sharp, extreme minimalist home

liviu · May 28, 2010

arhitectura: http://archdai.ly/d2yALB #architecture

EPLE. · May 28, 2010

Nice, but if someone from ArchDaily made up the text for this article they should be shot. Including the '-isms' and confusing oneself does not make the author more of a genius, it just serves to confuse the reader.

Olgiati's calm and controlled design is great though.

liviu · May 28, 2010

RT @archdaily: K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati http://archdai.ly/d2yALB #architecture

gbh · May 28, 2010

K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati: © Courtesy of Valerio Olgiati
Architect: Valerio Olgiati
Location: Zurich, Switze... http://bit.ly/c9UuKk

??? · May 28, 2010

RT @archdaily: K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati http://archdai.ly/d2yALB #architecture

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