Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
New development, two single-occupancy detached houses in Oberweningen ZH, Switzerland by L3P Architekten ETH FH SIA AG
January 8th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: L3P Architekten ETH FH SIA AG
New development, two single-occupancy detached houses, Oberweningen ZH, Switzerland 2011
Despite the small size of the parcel of land, two single-occupancy detached houses have been developed in a countryside setting taking a new path in reference to volumetry and spacial definitions. The basic type of detached house has been split, the work being akin to a sculpturer’s work. Polygonal bodies were formed in which the mutual proximity becomes a quality. The mirroring of water and façade in the water basin hints at a clear vision within these rooms, which are among themselves but without direct insight to each other – a special place with strong vibrancy and intimacy.
The position in the parcel of land also moulds the inner area. An elaborately-devised subdivision arranges the rooms in a split-level system and allows the hillside characteristics to also be experienced in the building itself. While the inner walls are masoned and smoothly plastered, the exposed concrete outer walls, the black polished and jointless floor and large window fronts add to a cool technical conclusion. Elaborate skylights allow an atmosphere of light to develop which features a spiritual force and vibrancy.
The materialization of the facade and the roof are conspicuous. Together with the artist Thomas Sonderegger, we experimented with a surface of galvanised steel. We were able to fabricate a sheet with a unique and vital expression which was deployed for a first time on the façade and in the roof area. The design added to a monolithic overall picture in which an association to a sculpturer’s work is given once again.
Citation of the artist:
The materialisation of the façade and roof add to the monolithic overall picture and allows constant pauses for a moment. When one takes a moment, one realises: something is responding and developing a plurality from itself. Something new is forming from the etching. It is growing. It lives.
It is this which constitutes the unique expression of the façade – an alchemical-generated and self-generating work from Thomas Sonderegger, and so, an artistic bow to vitality.
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