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  7. House 1 / ALICE Studio Architects

House 1 / ALICE Studio Architects

  • 05:00 - 20 July, 2016
House 1 / ALICE Studio Architects
House 1 / ALICE Studio Architects, © Dylan Perrenoud
© Dylan Perrenoud

© Dylan Perrenoud © Dylan Perrenoud © ALICE EPFL © Dylan Perrenoud + 20

  • Team

    1st year students (2016), Dieter Dietz, Daniel Zamarbide, Raffael Baur, Edouard Cabay, Laurent Chassot, Nicolas Durr, Margherita Del Grosso, Alexa den Hartog Stéphane Grandgirard, Patricia Guaita, Agathe Mignon, Andrea Pellacani, Laura Perez Lupi, Anne-Chantal Rufer, Wynd van der Woude with Thibaud Smith
  • Lead engineer timber construction

  • Sponsors

    Marti Construction SA / Getaz Miauton, Debrunner Acifer Roth échafaudages / E.S. Echafaudages Services SA
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© Aloys Mutzenberg
© Aloys Mutzenberg

Text description provided by the architects. HOUSE 1 is an architectural installation based on an experimental format for collaborative design and construction by ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace) – an international group of young architects and researchers, scientists, and doctoral candidates from the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), led by the Director Dieter Dietz. 

© Dylan Perrenoud
© Dylan Perrenoud

Built initially as proto-structure (primary construction) during a 5-day workshop in April, HOUSE 1 is a 11m x 11m x 11m balloon-frame timber construct holding the ‘genetic code’ for future developments. The project involved over 200 students, who worked in groups under the close guidance of 12 studio directors and the wood engineer Rémy Meylan. 

© Dylan Perrenoud
© Dylan Perrenoud

In succession, each team was asked to design and realize a ROOM (a space intended for HABITATION), or a TRANSITIONAL SPACE providing CONNECTIVITY (porch, stairs, doorway). 

© Dylan Perrenoud
© Dylan Perrenoud
Detail
Detail
© Dylan Perrenoud
© Dylan Perrenoud

The boundaries that divide studio projects are blurry zones of negotiation over space, culture, and ideas. Accordingly, each project is strongly influenced by the others as it enters a multilayered discourse with its surroundings. The spatial experience of HOUSE 1 is therefore not that of a homogenous architecture; rather, it is an unfolding evolution of a space that invokes questions, contains possibilities, and is open for interpretation. 

Elevation
Elevation

Alexa den Hartog, one of the 12 studio directors responsible for making HOUSE 1 a feasible project, characterizes the proto-structure and its process of inhabitation as a “restricted physical and temporal - ever changing - landscape that only slowly solidified”. To quote Dieter Dietz, HOUSE 1 reveals its final form “not as something that is done from the top down but something we share.” 

© Dylan Perrenoud
© Dylan Perrenoud

After four months of frenetic work and strong engagement, the project has been recently completed and is now open to visitors on the EPFL campus next to the Rolex Learning Center.

© ALICE EPFL
© ALICE EPFL

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Cite: "House 1 / ALICE Studio Architects" 20 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/791642/house-1-alice-studio-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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