bunq architectes: Single-family house in Corsier - best architects 20

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Single-family house in Corsier

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single family homes


Corsier, Switzerland




David Gagnebin-de-Bons


This project is a reflection on how a residential area of detached houses can be densified. The new house is located in a garden beside an older villa, occupied by another family. No attempt was made to extend the pre-existing house; instead, the building is more like a garden design, a continuous fence that delineates a courtyard on its lower level and becomes a façade on its upper level. This arrangement defines a path that leads from the street to the entrance on the upper level, while the bedrooms are aligned around the intimate courtyard. The construction, which is sunk into the ground, consists of reinforced concrete. Its structure above ground has a wooden skeleton. The façade cladding and the fence are made of charred wooden panels. This technique, inspired by the Japanese «shou sugi ban», protects wood from rotting.