Conceived as a single sculptural composition, two detached family houses by L3P Architekten are located on a small parcel of land in Oberweningen, 20 kilometres north of Zurich. The buildings’ close proximity is heightened by shallow water pools, which reflect the polygonal sculpted forms and generous glazed openings.
Bespoke galvanised steel cladding, developed in collaboration with the artist Thomas Sonderegger, is used to wrap the external walls and roofs, einforcing the monolithic nature of the three-storey structures.
Responding to the sloping hillside site, the internal spaces are planned around a series of split levels. A pair of rooflights positioned at either end of the building project daylight down through the foor voids. Built-in storage units and cupboards painted white and green contrast with in-situ concrete walls, ceilings and jointless black polished floors.
Architect: L3P Architekten; artist: Thomas Sonderegger; photos: Vito Stallone.
First published in AT226, March 2012