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.
Residential building ‘Papillon’ in Mauren, Liechtenstein by Gohm Hiessberger Architects
August 30th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Gohm Hiessberger Architects
It is a geometric composition of three bodies, which one experiences – differentiated volume, well-proportioned. Downwards sloped on a square base, there is a three store structure. Uphill on the corner similar in height a tall tower on an approximately square base; opposite, slightly offset, a closed cube for side rooms. In between vertically offset there is a garden and courtyards.
Three different kinds of materials: wood, aluminium, glass. The light gray glimmer glaze distorts the wood; while the neutral, non-color gray dominates. Three structures: thin, vertical lines of planks; horizontal lines of blinds; strong beam-like aluminum coverings. What seems puzzling at first site reveals itself as a game of covered ceiling, face walls and window mullions. The ‚Tectonic’ seems rational, yet surprising – a modular design with storey-high, quadratic windows as a base.
What’s not exactly visible: on top of the concrete block including a basement and a garage, a pure timber structure is placed, built from prefabricated elements. Only the braced stair and elevator cores are concrete. It ends at the board stack ceiling, resting on the load bearing outer walls. The insulated timber frame construction is only theoretically showing a grid – essential for the facade are the planked boards – the two-dimensionality opens creative freedom.
It’s not just a house, and it was not just designed. A small competition set the way to go: ‚Gohm & Hiessberger could convince with their differentiation of the building masses on a slope. The three apartments of the siblings set the course for the residential complex with seven other units and underground parking. In places one-storied, in others across two storeys, these structures are tailored perfectly and individually towards the three siblings’ needs for outdoor spaces: Garden, courtyard, loggia.
Architects and building owners discussed intensively the spatial quality. Finally all rooms are fitted with a dark gray, sealed floor; the ceiling shows the stacked timber constructions; while the walls show the spruce-composite panels from the about 50 cm thick, highly insulated prefabricated walls. Wooden windows – triple-glazed, with exterior aluminum covering.
A constructive and modular interior design was developed here; equipped with the same high quality for all apartments, and still allows for individual spaces.
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