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Private House by Gramazio & Kohler


This modest private house by swiss Gramazio & Kohler architects caught our attention.

"...One condition was to keep the neighbouring house’s view of the lake free; the other was to permit access and parking behind the house. Like a tent, an overhanging pitched roof covers the high rooms in the upper storey. The window strip, which runs along the edge of the roof, emphasises the horizontal structure. 315 vertical wooden slats, affixed to the surface of the wall, completely envelope the facades. By milling the edges, the cross sections of the slats were modulated in correspondence with the window strip so that requirements of sight and sun protection were fulfilled, and various, flowing levels of transparency could be set…"



Words: Gramazio & Kohler, Thisispaper
Architects: Gramazio & Kohler
Location: Uster, Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Raffael Gaus
Project Year: 2009
Photography: Roman Keller