Modern House. Friday , January 20th , 2017 - 11:46:59 AM
With glass walls on three sides this home blurs the boundaries between outside and in. Connecting inside and out is very important to me as an architect, says Camenzind. I want people to know where they are when they are inside a building.
The top floor studio with its panoramic views and two roof terraces is the culmination of this seamless flow between inside and out.
Despite its model good looks, the house has been designed for everyday living and practical and ecological elements are integrated into the design. The rear wall of the living room functions as a storage and display space; the kitchen grows out of the same wall and in the bedrooms the wall functions as a screen, to separate the bathrooms from the sleeping spaces. Ecologically, the house meets Switzerland’s Minergie standard with features including thermally activated concrete floors that connect to a geothermal heat pump to heat the house in winter and cool it in summer. The glass façades are triple glazed and have external blinds for optimal control of heat gain from the sun.