This new concrete house designed by Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects is situated in an existing residential area in Füllinsdorf, Switzerland. The surrounding is largely determined by single-family houses, which were built around the 1960’s. On the site there was a house from this period, which was demolished in favour of the new building.
The house is positioned on the lower part of the plot, to leave space for a further construction, in terms of possible future development and densification of the area. The site, with a light slope, is close to the forest (the local recreation area) and has a certain remote view through the neighbourhood trees.
The new building is inserted in the neighbourhood with formal restraint. The position in the corner of the plot and the proximity to the two streets is used to access to the three-storey building. On the 1-floor there is the main entrance and the covered carport (on the valley side), while on the 3-floor (on the mountain side) is a second entrance, which leads the visitors, through the small courtyard, into the main living area.
The staircase in the centre of the house, with a skylight, which leaves natural light in, connects the three floors together. On the 1-floor are (apart the main entrance with wardrobe and the covered carport) the cellar, storage rooms and the building technique. On the 2-floor are 2 sleeping rooms, the master bedroom, a guest and study room and the bathrooms. On the 3-floor is the living room, eating room and kitchen, a separate toilet and the partially covered courtyard with direct access to the large garden. In the main living area niches are integrated into the walls for books and art objects.
The house is reduced to a simple archaic form with few materials. Washed concrete, which remembers a solid rock, is used for the outer shell. Cement plaster is used for the interior walls and ceilings, smooth polished cement for the floors, and natural oak for the windows and interior fittings. The partially covered courtyard on the 3.floor communicates between the interior and the garden.