New constructions

Beauty case

Built on an old orchard, this house has been made to measure. The set offers a feeling of serenity that is not contradicted by the majesty of the volumes, nor by the size of the rooms.

Assuredly, she is tall and luminous; she is obviously elegant; of course, it is in a quiet and beautiful place ... The list can stretch at length as the house has impressive features. But the exercise of an enumeration of standing attributes does not really interest to understand the building. At the same time richer and less anecdotal, its deepest identity remains tied to the history of a family, a site, and an era ours.

Legacy codes of the 18th and 19th century
The program must consider individual needs and reflect on each individual's evolution. It must also satisfy the daily organization of the group, both in its private operation and in its broader social dynamics (receptions, dinners with friends, punctual accommodation). In many respects, needs refer to large private houses codified between the 18th and the 19th century. As in the mansions of the time, one finds the main entrance and a service entrance, generous staircases, enfilades, double heights, rooms made to receive, others to work or to relax. Day zones are clearly separated from night areas; spaces dedicated to sociability do not communicate with those reserved for the private sphere.

This classic typological program adopts a contemporary vocabulary, freed from the rules usually applied to this type of dwelling. Formal clarity, volumetric simplicity and great restraint in the choice of colors or materials, however, conceal an unsuspected constructive complexity. This is the case especially for rough concrete work whose regular moiré finish throughout the house has left no room for improvisation. The coordination between architects, engineers and companies have indeed allowed playing the imposing dimensions of walls or cantilevers, without compromising on the quality of implementation and without perverting the purity of the lines. In the same vein, many discrete options meet the highest standards of safety and comfort. The general spatial arrangement is not disturbed; the fineness of the details is not weighed down.

Marry the landscape
A sculptural object defined by clean surfaces and almost austere materiality, the house remains happily welcoming and convivial. The spaces connect with each other thanks to the short and fluid circulations, adapted to the daily use of the inhabitants; the whole offers a feeling of serenity that is not contradicted by the majesty of the volumes, nor by the size of the rooms. This warm atmosphere is particularly expressed around a kitchen thought of as the throbbing heart of the house. Designed at the family level, this dynamic place of life is organized in the south-west corner of the house. The orientation is ideal to enjoy the sheltered terrace, the beautiful opening onto the garden and, further, the release on the Léman. Mineral block placed on a glass slide, the front of the house allows the living rooms to surrender to the tranquility of the landscape. Rigid and severe, this geometry is softened on the rear to meet less formalistic needs while adjusting to the natural morphology of a sloping terrain. The relationship between the building and nature is established; the site has adopted the house.