Lakeside Views for Elle Maison

Twisted on its axis, this three story family home in Switzerland makes the most of the views over the nearby lake and distant alpine range. Nestled in the quiet suburbs on the outskirts of Geneva, the building faces north-south but each facade is offset in different ways to enjoy the stunning location.

The busy Italian couple who live here were looking for a refuge from work and the busy town center. One is a scientist, the other working in international trade. Through a fantastic job relocation they moved to Geneva and immediately sought out an architect to help them build the perfect home from ground up.

Eventually they chose the architecture group DaMilano Studio, who suggested an open view to the landscape outside of town. Initially the couple had been considering a spot in the forest, but after finding this plot and its views, they were sold on the beauty of the lake and the Mont Blanc vista.

The spirit of peaceful living is found flowing through the home, stretching volumes of calm up and throughout the house. In the entryway we can already see the high ceilings and abundant use of glass that gives the house a unique vantage point. “The transparency of this house comes from the spirit of the owner,” according to the designers.

“The building structure is set on reinforced concrete on continued foundation with septa pillars,” explain the architects at DaMilano Studio. The exterior stairs feature three big flower boxes made of corten steel containing trees, lavender and different bushes to give the garden a mix of visual and olfactory sensations.

The home reflects the designer and home owner collective aim to introduce “a spirit of peaceful living, making a break from the pace of work in this house open to the landscape.” Huge floor to ceiling length windows encourage the interaction with nature’s beauty.

In total there are 125 square meters of insulated glazed windows with the majority in the direction of the views or for the best sunlight. The timber frame of the house was made from a type of South American chestnut tree.

According to the architects, “the roof is a garden level made of sedum that helps to reduce the impact with the environment and improves the energy efficiency of the villa.”

The studio area features this comfortable looking sofa from B&B Italia, with an Artemide floor light to give it the perfect ambiance for a spot of reading.

The suspended drop lights that hang from the upper level and drape down to the entry way are really fun. They’re from Foscarini, who have quite a range of organic shapes and curved lighting designs.

The striking sculptural element in the living room is actually a radiator!

The home features a simple range of colors; white and gray base with a warm cherry feel from the wood frame of the house. Black and red elements complement the room, giving it some energy and excitement.

The slimline Boffi kitchen table provides just the right spot for shared mealtimes looking out to a glorious sunset.

The Elle Maison is the perfect house for the owners, who feel right at home in their space. As a peaceful respite from the busy buzz of the city, it’s just where they want to be at the end of the day.

If you’re interested in seeing some more home tours be sure to check out this Italian summer holiday home in Umbria that mixes new designs with traditional materials. If you think this home needs more bright colors, you should take a tour through the Ladera Ranch, with murals and travel inspired elements.

Project: Elle Maison

Design: DaMilano Studio Architects

Photos: Andrea Martiradonna

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