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Cologny , Schweiz
This project concerns a metamorphosis – of a place described as uninhabitable, simply
because it was uninhabited, but inhabited by a landscape. And it is this very
landscape with its own horizon that dictates each intervention. The obvious
place to start was to open the site. Open it to the view, to light and air.
Open it to space, to the scale of the surrounding land. The transformation is
achieved through demolition. Gradually, the walls of the building remains that restricted
the space are pulled down and the space is unshackled. All that remains to be
done is to maintain and use a regular and well-organised structure. Supported
and covered, it is to be completed by blending interior and exterior elements.
This villa is mimetic! The parallel line of the raised railing unites with the
lake. The horizontal circulation accompanying the lake is like an extended
guide into the landscape. The materials covering the surface of each wall are
determined by the light playing on them and call on a range of variations
combining clay, resin and wood. Wrapped in a continuous glass façade, the different spaces are arranged on a
continuous travertine carpet, erasing any boundary between interior and
exterior... Thus it is not a glass house but a reflection on the watery mirror
of the lake. Is the lake the house?