Oliver Christen Architekten
Replacement of Aulina holiday house
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single family homes
Precisely situated on the site, the building nestles
at the foot of the slope of the topographically elevated Aulinakopf, which is
located on the foothills of a plateau. From here, the almost unrestricted view
extends to Lake Walen and the Churfirsten. The compact replacement building, just
53 square metres of living space, is designed like a chest. It blends harmoniously
into the landscape. From the outside, the wooden building presents itself with
a carefully detailed façade cladding with vertical formwork. This has different
depths and gives the façade a playful elegance. The house is characterised by
different expressions, thus, when empty, it appears closed and only the fixed
glazing on the upper floor is visible. When the house is inhabited, however the
façade opens up through protruding folding shutters creating visual references.
The interior is characterised by a precisely detailed and high-quality interior
construction made of birch plywood. Here, the walls are given an additional
function and are used as shelves and cabinets. As a result, the interior spaces
appear spacious, despite the compact dimensions. On the ground floor, sleeping
bunks, bathrooms, entrance and a work niche are organised in spatial sequences.
On the upper floor, there is a spacious room with
kitchen, dining and living areas.