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single family homes
On the outskirts of Thening, the new building closes a difficult urban development gap. The challenge in this single-family home was quite typical: it is located on the periphery of town and is surrounded by loose, inhomogeneous building. The fire department next door and an intersection only make matters worse. In this setting, two ideas influenced the design: the aim was to both create as much privacy as possible and to design the home to relate to the client’s parents’ home. The simple 1970s house was therefore translated into a modern formal idiom and the garden was shielded as much as possible from prying eyes by means of a concrete wall that is also carport and covered outdoor area in one. The interior organisation reflects the same concerns: the open-plan living area on the ground floor is oriented mostly toward the back garden, while the bedrooms are on the upper floor. The simple volume and the choice of exterior materials (eternit and natural larch) underscore with the low-key look. The goal was to build a small ensemble in an environment of all-too-individualistic neighbouring structures.