Text description provided by the architects. The shape of the plot and its attractive location right next to the River Reuss in Lucerne make this project particularly special. The plot is long, becoming narrower on the south side towards the river. The building is situated a considerable 20 meters away from the river. These factors were essential in positioning the house and in developing its fundamental form.
The understated integration of the detached, two-storey house acknowledges the presence of the neighbouring buildings on the north side of the plot. Towards the south, the house opens up with a wider view towards the river and its surroundings. Upstairs, the east and west facades are closed, while the north facade opens up again towards the forecourt and the adjacent buildings. The south-facing side of the house has been designed to allow more sunlight to enter the house and to afford a better view of the river.
The surrounding landscape becomes part of the house and at ground floor level the garden and building merge into one. The sloping concrete parapets follow the natural topography. The two storeys are different in design. The bedrooms and entrance hall are located on the solid top floor. The glazed ground floor houses the living area. A connection to the forecourt is achieved thanks to a two-storey space in the middle section. The building’s owner wanted dolmus architects to ensure maximum flexibility for the plot’s sustainable use in the future. With little effort, this single-family house can be converted into two apartments on separate floors. The structure and pile foundations were built with the possibility of an additional storey in mind. The entrance hall, stairwell and laundry room can thus be used in the future by all three parties. The project was designed to make maximum utilisation of the plot.
Downstairs, a feature is made of the concrete walls down to the ground, which are necessary for structural reasons. Upstairs too, these are left open to view. Inside, the warm oak flooring contrasts with the painted concrete walls. A uniform colour scheme is used for both the interior and exterior of the building.