Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd.
4056 Basel, Switzerland
Phone: +41 61 385 5757
Leymen, Haut-Rhin, France
The exterior shape of the house might be seen as a prototypical house. A sloping roof, a tall chimney and large windows remind one of a child’s drawing. The tar-board roof and the unfinished concrete facades flow almost seamlessly into one another without an overhang.
The simple monolithic building is exposed to wind and weather; rainwater runs down it as it would run down a boulder. The unfinished concrete walls of the façades emphasize the weight and materiality of the building, but being raised off the ground as if on stilts lightens its appearance. The projecting decks at the sides of the house reinforce this image of lightness and of suspension over the landscape. Fruit trees and meadows underline the agricultural character of the garden that is barely distinguishable from the surrounding landscape. The interior of the house is characterized by contrasting spatial qualities and materials, such as concrete, adobe, and colors such as silver and pink. The staircase which reaches up to the roof is especially spectacular.
Herzog & de Meuron, 1997
The house is a compact concrete volume reminiscent of an erratic block into which the windows are cut like holes. The opening reaching across two floors provides the room with width.
The house on steel columns floats as a compact volume in front of the slope on the north side. The stairway extends the entire height of the building. Bathtub enclosures take up the concrete shell theme of the house.
The area beneath the house offers protection while making the load of the volume tangible. A freestanding stairway leads into the living area.
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