Two in One House by clavienrossier architectes hes/sia
by Harry / May 23, 2013


A house on the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland includes two apartments of differing size yet gives the impression of a single unit thanks to a pitched roof over a diamond shaped plan.



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From clavienrossier architectes hes/sia:

The site is located on the edge of a residential zone on the outskirts of Geneva flanked on its southern border by a forest and opening out to fields to the west.


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It sits right on the line between the city and nature. The building, backed by a paved access ramp, is placed in the north east corner of the site. The space between the building and the forest allows for a swimming pool and a large open garden.


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The program includes two apartments of differing size, a continuous party wall separates the two.


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A pitched roof over a diamond shaped plan, allows each apartment to have its own orientation. This distinct geometry allows for a greater degree of privacy for the residents and when viewed from the outside, gives the impression of a single unit.


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The split geometry of the facades makes it difficult to get a grasp of the real size of the building, giving each individual facade a more domestic scale.


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The exterior envelope of the building is entirely composed of integrally-coloured concrete, including the roof. Loggias built out of larch, perforate the facade and the roof of the building.


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The building conforms to very high energy standards.


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Photos: Roger Frei

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