VILLA FAVRE IS A TWO-FAMILY HOUSE SITUATED IN NORTHERN LAUSANNE
schauman & nordgren architects + meyer architecture complete villa favre, a two-family house located in le mont-sur-lausanne, switzerland – a northern district of lausanne on lake geneva. the house comprises a 200 sqm residence for the favre family, as well as a 100 sqm unit that is rented out long-term.
all images courtesy of schauman & nordgren architects
designing villa favre with two-way privacy FOR BOTH FAMILIES
A CLEAR, VERTICAL COMPOSITION OF spatial FUNCTIONS
the ground floors of both residences are public areas for eating, working, and socializing, whereas the upper floors are meant for rest and relaxation. like a metaphor, the architects have fitted shutters to the upstairs windows that can be closed for the night. the building figuratively ‘closes’ its eyes when it goes to sleep. finally, a generous roof terrace with a garden tops the composition where the favre family can get stunning views of the gentle hillside site and the wider surroundings.
emphasizing different floors with striated wood + concrete
exterior materials further illustrate the different functions of each floor, and SNA’s banding of striated concrete and wood visually emphasizes the wooded section. however, the same larch wood battens of the top floor were used to cast the in-situ concrete façade on the ground floor. the final relief creates a unique architectural expression with a beautiful play of light and shadow.
the larch wood battens offer a visual link between both floors