Located in Rechy Valais, Switzerland and made by Archi7, the inner core of the property is clad in OSB panels as an economical material that acts each as structural cross bracing and as the finishing material. The OSB panels produce an industrial surround that is additional enhanced by the concrete flooring – which also serves the double duty of retaining heat from the fireplace and gradually releasing it soon after the fire has gone out. While the palette of the concrete and OSB is neutral and pale, the architects have utilised bold swaths of color blocking to bring a youthful power and vibrancy into the otherwise industrial volumes.
Even though situated in a rural setting with lush mountain views, the property is also on a little village plot with neighbours close at hand and the street just a couple of feet away. For this purpose Archi7 presented a standard gabled facade with an overhang for the carport over the entrance.
Even though the home is practically touching the village road, the back of the property faces a massive and uninterrupted pasture that contradicts the hustle and bustle in the opposite path.
With pastures in one path and a neighbour just a couple of feet away in the other, Archi7 cleverly designed the residence with a central void that appears out to the views but remains separated from the close proximity of its neighbour.
There are also neighbours on the mountainside, but they are a little further away, offering a semblance of privacy to the upper deck. On the side with the neighbour close at hand, the home is kept closed and private.
Whilst the interior of the house characteristics walls of OSB panels, the exterior is clad in meleze, a durable and expense powerful neighborhood kind of wood.
Oriented to take advantage of solar contribution – and views, the prefab residence utilizes a double flux ventilation technique, which makes it possible for for continual air exchange without power loss brought on by the require to open windows in the course of the winter months. Whilst modern in building, the building still melds inside the rural qualities of its small town setting.
Even though the property does not require to open its windows and doors for ventilation, on a sunny day what better way to bring the outdoors inside then to throw the windows wide open and sit on the deck.
Just inside the deck is a Jack and Jill workplace / craft area fitted with a wall of purple doors and all-natural wood handles. The juxtaposition of the purple against the mountain views is a bold selection that works brilliantly within the context of the home.
A second office is situated upstairs with a private entrance off of the Master Bedroom. This room does not use any colour blocking on its wall but does feature boldly coloured doors that lead to the stairwell zone.
These boldly coloured doors are a vibrant citrus yellow and the saturated citrus continues onto the pony wall and down the staircase on one side an intense shade of violet with purple trim is employed on the other.
The Purple and Citrus are the colours of decision within this volume and every colour is used within the stairwell and on the doors. This combination of OSB in a natural finish, combined with concrete flooring and bold colours creates a space complete of rhythmic intensity that would have been overpowering if not for the large skylight above the stairwell. The skylight not only floods the space with light but also delivers a third dimension of colour from the sky itself. At the base of the stairs, the purple entry doors function panels of glazing to light up the places the skylight can’;t attain.
The colours and angles from the closed balustrades and the skylight creates an abstract art kind when viewed from under.
The two upstairs bathrooms also function skylights for lighting. There are no windows in the two rooms and each and every is painted a vibrant white.
Above the carport, a room cantilevers out and functions the same purple doors and wall sections observed upstairs, but it also functions a frosted glass door that leads to a third washroom.
The room above the carport is accessed by a quick flight of concrete actions.
The selection of colours employed inside the inner core of the home produce a vibrant whimsical energy with contemporary overtones that is a direct contradiction to the neighbourhood, but the splashes of colour are so meticulously placed that from the outdoors they are barely visible.
Photography by Thomas Jantscher