The residential building on the right side of Zurich Lake stands out particularly due to its exposed location and its special spatial concept. The villa rises above the steeply sloping edge of the terrain with two bodies that have been shifted to each other, and at the same time merged together. The house contrasts the idyllic surroundings with straight lines and forms.
While from the lakeside the panorama windows of the southwest facade stand out, towards the street, the house is rather introverted with its closed shell of lightly pigmented concrete.
In the interior of Casa Mi generously proportioned staircases connect wide open spaces. That is how the distant picturesque Alpine landscape can be observed from almost every angle. Each area of the house reveals a new perspective towards the Zürich lake while allowing maximum privacy. The open design of the interiors allows to integrate the surrounding nature. Due to its location on the edge of the property, the outdoor pool seems to be an extension of the lake.
The interior was designed in such a way that the rooms flow dynamically into each other and make the total depth of 23 meters tangible. Although the levels differ clearly in their functions, the areas merge with each other.
The garden on the southeastern side of the villa is meant for moments in company. The displacement of the two buildings creates a roofed outdoor space next to a seating area recessed in the ground. The pool is docked to the house and placed parallel to the ridge. The garden plot on the opposite side of the house is dedicated to retreat.
Casa Mi is a composition of compact volumes with a split-level in order to minimize the height, so the lake Zurich is still visible from properties behind it. That makes the house also beneficial for the surrounding neighbours.
One might think a spaceship has landed on the shore of Zurich Lake.
Project Name: CASA MI
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Architect Office: Daluz Gonzalez Architekten
Photographer: Valentin Jeck
Daluz González Architekten is an architecture studio based in Zürich and renown for the peculiar layouts and shapes of its projects. Founded in 2007 by Spanish born architects Rubén Daluz and Juan González, it has received several important awards such as Best Architects 17 and Best Architects 19.
Rubén Daluz, Juan González and their team have developed a creative method based on the simultaneous processing of different ideas.All possible influencing factors are analysed and visualised in order to identify potential solutions, trying to cover the largest number of possibilities by using different and often opposite design strategies. As a collective of architects, inspirations, tastes and interests can be similar or even quite different: this complexity feeds creativity, and every input is discussed without prejudice.
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