While the Swiss may be known for their complicated timepieces, this house shows that life in Switzerland doesn’t have to be complicated and that there is certainly time to slow down.
The relaxing beauty of Seltisberg, in the north-west of the country, made for a great location to build this minimalist contemporary family home. A blend of materials is used. From natural elements like wood and stone, as well constructed components like steel, concrete and glass. Owners Tina and Martin wanted a place for the family to come together to cook, work and play, so you’ll notice many of the rooms flow together for a cohesive and shared living arrangement. There is plenty of space for relaxation too.
The couple consulted with Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten to design a modern house with plenty of light, open spaces. There are three levels to the house, playing with the gradient of the land and the angles of the building.
The top floor of the home works like a gallery section where they can relax and smell what’s cooking downstairs! The slope of the roof is just like a typical Swiss chalet, but the rest of the house is completely modern. As well as the wood materials there are sections like the concrete decorative walls. The concrete was one of the tricky elements of the build because there is only one chance to get the concrete right before it sets!
Downstairs in the wellness room is a sauna, bar and sofa. It’s a place to relax and socialize so that there is always an area in the home to unwind.
To me, it’s great to see the mix of wood, concrete and metal here that really sums up what the home was trying to achieve; a blend of materials to create modern spacious living. It is not only visually pleasing but tactile, too.
Having a tall room can be hard to heat, but as the house is south facing it picks up much of the sun throughout the day. Only part of the room stretches all the way up, too.
I love the eclectic use of colors here in contrast with many of the sleek white parts of the home, it is great to see these bursts of color and I love the banquette idea. The blend of chairs with their soft velvet furnishings and the grain of the wooden table really make the room a cheerful and comforting place to be.
There are spaces outside as well as inside, that are great places to share moments with the family.
The striking visual shape of the exterior makes it look as though the wood panels are blocks stacked within the concrete frame, with steel fastly secured on top. It makes for unimpeded views and sets the pace for relaxation and family time.
Project: Swiss Simplicity
Design: Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten
Photos: Chibi Moku