This dwellings in Saint Sulpice, Switzerland by fruehauf, henry & viladoms (FHV Architects) appears to float as they have been recessed from the overall volume. This lightness is emphasized by the use of black steel post for the railing that leaves voids in-between.
Dwellings in Saint Sulpice technical information
- Architects: FHV Architects
- Location: Saint-Sulpice, Switzerland
- Design Team: Claudius Fruehauf, Guillaume Henry, Carlos Viladoms, Francesca Fraschini, Alberto Sols
- Program: Housing
- Project Year: 2014
- Photographs: © Courtesy of FHV Architectes
- Construction Management: Pragma SA
- Budget: 7’400’000 CHF
- Client: Edipresse Développement SA
The approach to the building and underground parking is gained via a dramatic overhang. The apartments sit above, appearing to float.
– FHV Architects
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Saint Sulpice nestles on a southeast-facing slope surrounded by a thicket of mature trees. Rimmed in dark metal, three floors of apartments, wrapped in balconies, look onto surrounding woodland, which reflect off the floor to ceiling windows. The approach to the building and underground parking is gained via a dramatic overhang. The apartments sit above, appearing to float.
The floor plan is organised concentrically on four floors around a central, light-filled stairwell. A layer of bathrooms, storage and hallways on the top three floors forms a mediating layer between the outer rooms and the central circulation.
Each apartment opens onto a balcony with two sides. Despite the fully-glazed facade, the building achieves the required level of energy efficiency due to the compact organisation of the plan.
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