Minergie Villa by Christian von Düring architecte

Minergie Villa by Christian von Düring architecte

Architects: Christian von Düring architecte
Location: Tannay, Switzerland
Year: 2013
Photo courtesy: Thomas Jantscher
Description:

The challenge of this project was to integrate a large program on a relatively narrow plot while maintaining usable outdoor surfaces. An additional concern, was that the access to the plot being from the south, a solution had to be found to manage an entrance while ensuring privacy for the indoor and outdoor spaces.

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The solution proposes two volumes on the ground floor, respectively a garage to the north and the living area to the south, connected above by a volume containing the bedrooms. In addition to the terrace to the south, the area resulting from the bridging of these two volumes offers a generous covered entry suitable for various activities. The house is accessed by a slightly elevated drive way that follows the western property line, bypassing the terrace and entering the house from the rear covered area.

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Once inside, one is immediately faced with an open suspended staircase connecting to the above volume, through which one perceives a large room open onto the garden containing a kitchen with its large dining table and a spacious living room. Upstairs, a corridor running along the west facade connects the bedrooms and a central play-room. At each end there is a large bedroom with a balcony open to the outside. One overlooks the south terrace, while the other projects into the forest line bordering the plot.

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The building is comprised of ground floor masonry volumes on which is placed a wooden structure made of two large trusses spanning the entire length. The insulated triangulated framework freely runs on the inside of the windows and provides a deep sill.

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Composed of pre-grayed squared larch rods, the horizontal open joint cladding of the upper floor accentuates its longitudinal expression in order to reduce its volumetric impact. Placed at a 45 degree angle, the rods amplify this effect by the resulting shadows and in the long-term the aging will increase this effect due to the different exposures to the rain and sun.

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