Previously featured in Thisispaper, Swiss architectural studio Lacroix Chessex took on a new challenge in the field of architectural design. Enjoy the presentation of House of R.
This time, the center of the work is a house from 1936, located in Coppet, Switzerland. The volume had to be renovated because of multiple reasons. First and foremost, important improvements had to be made, in order to reconfigure the heating system to avoid thermal loss. Moreover, the owner wished to rent out a part of it, therefore the architects had to rethink, not only the external parts of the house, but the internal structure, as well.
The exterior of the house is cladded in a horizontal grey wood. The building features two wings on the Northern and the Southern frontages, which create a shady place to recede away from the hot sun. The architects also paid special attention to the framing of the windows. “Their angles are oriented in accordance with the solar run. Slants of window frames have small wooden grooves, a simple difference with planks constituting the cladding of the frontage. This treatment refers to the one for the classical buildings from the 20e century, to the architecture of Scarpa and to the old cameras,” the architects of Lacroix Chessex described.
In the northern part of the house, a completely new apartment was build consisting of two floors, while the central part of the house was mainly refurbished and refreshed.