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House MW / Ralph Germann architectes

May 04, 2023May 04, 2023

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Text description provided by the architects. Ralph Germann architectes designed the house MW for a couple with one child who wanted a house with all main rooms overlooking the Lake Joux. The clients other wish was to build a modern house within a reasonable budget.

The architects used a prefabricated timber construction system for the facades and gables. These elements were built directly in the workshop, being later transported on-site. The "skeleton" of the house was made of concrete. The prefabricated wooden facades were then attached to the interior concrete structure. All facades of the house are made of a spruce structure which is filled with fiberglass insulation and then covered with spruce boards. Spruce trees are native to the area.

By using this building method the architects could keep costs down while reducing construction time and environmental impact.

Ralph Germann architectes also designed the indoor tables, shelves, and cabinets using birch veneer, and the indoor and outdoor dining tables from solid larch.

María Francisca González