Bearth & Deplazes is a Swiss architectural trio based in Zurich and Chur, consisting of Valentin Bearth, Andrea Deplazes and Daniel Ladner.
Their presented project below is the Meuli house, a private residence built for Claudia and Andrea Meuli. It is placed on the edge of a small village, guarding the vineyards stretching long behind it. The architects designed the house with the thought of assimilation, since they wanted it to blend it into the small village of Fläsch surrounding it, hence the compact and sculptural form which resembles the architecture of the village.
The building consists of three floors, one of which is the garden level where one can find the kitchen and the guest room. The diner features a gliding glass door which gives the visitor the chance to gaze out to the amazing view of the green vineyards. The bedrooms were located on the next level, while at the very top of the house the main living room with the studio was placed.
The material of the house is in-situ concrete and on the inside the walls are coated with skim, applied very thinly in order to soften the surface of the rough concrete. “This type of treatment only became feasible thanks to the invention of insulation-grade structural concrete. The 50 cm thick, single-skin, monolithic outer walls of the “tower-house” have windows fitted flush on the inside,” clarified the architects.
Despite the innovative techniques used during the implementation of the house, it doesn’t conflict with the environment around it. “A Semper-like metamorphosis is perhaps detectable in the way the traces of the wooden formwork have been retained, thereby integrating the monolith more with the nearby farm buildings.”