With Flexhouse wide walls of glass and a ribbon-like white facade that winds its way around the building, this home on the banks of Lake Zurich is so light and mobile in appearance that it resembles a futuristic vessel that has sailed in from the lake and found itself a natural place to dock.
- Location : Lake Zurich, Switzerland
- Area : 467 m²
- Architect : Evolution Design_Stefan Camenzind, Marco Noch, Patrick Uihlein, Mark Pinter, Silke Ebner, Vanessa Rieche
- Photographs : Peter Wuermli
Called Flexhouse and completed in March 2016 by SwissArchitecture and design studio Evolution Design, the four stories, 173 m² home has an open plan living, dining an kitchen space pn the ground floor, two bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor, a studio with two large terraces on the second floor and a basement level with underground garage and utility space. But it is the striking exterior architecture and the breathtaking 180degree views across Lake Church to the mountains beyond that really capture the imagination.
Flexhouse is anything but a square box. The design features a floor plan that goes from wide to narrow to follow the railway lines and shape of the plot. The striking facade wraps around the building, drawing the eye continuously upward: the house never feels stiff or still, there are always elements drawing your eye throughout the spaces and to the views beyond. We’ve given the space a direction of view. When you’re traveling in a car or train, your face a certain way and this this house does too. On the ground floor it faces south-east,from the bedroom it faces west towards the sunset. And from the top floor terraces there are views around 180degrees, says Camenzind.
The fluidity of the design continues inside, thanks to an open plan interior, unbroken views and reams of natural light, which streams throughout the space all day long. On the ground floor, the spacious living room transition into a dining area and loft-style kitchen. Rther than close off individual floors, the design incorporates a double height open space that allows the eyes to travel, delivering a glimpse of the bedrooms above or, from the first floor, to the living room below.
With glass walls on three sides this home blurs the boundaries between outside and in. “ Connection inside and out is very important to me as an architect” says Camenzind. “I want people to know where they are when they are inside a building” The top floor studio with its panoramic views and two roof terraces is the culmination of this seamless flow between inside and out.
The house does have its quiet corners, too. “There’s always a back wall, which helps give a more cosy feeling.” Camenzing says. “And you can close the blinds to creat a peaceful, private corner.”