Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Project: Villa SAH
Architects: Andrea Pelati Architecte
Location: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Area: 2,282 sqft
Photographs by: Thomas Jantscher

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Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte

Andrea Pelati Architecte – a Swiss studio, is responsible for the stunning contemporary design of the three-story Villa SAH that is located near  Neuchâtel’s center.
The 2,282 square feet home is surrounded by large homes, therefore its design concentrates it in a compact volume, looking for its light source vertically, rather than horizontally.

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

The villa is located near the centre of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It settles on a small plot surrounded by quite massive houses. Therefore, the house is concentrated in a compact volume, seeking for openings and light vertically. It develops over three levels, the highest and brightest of which are hosted the living room, dining room, kitchen and terrace.

In respect to the occupants’ privacy, the North façade displays a shield to the street whereas the South façade opens on to beautiful framed views of the city, lake and Alps.

The layout was designed to allow light to flow in through all three levels, thanks to high ceilings, over lapping spaces and skylights.

Sleeping areas are set on the intermediate level focusing on intimacy, whereas the utility rooms lay on the ground floor, taking benefit of a direct access to the garden.

Andrea Pelati Architecte

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

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Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

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Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Project: Jewel Box Villa
Architects: Design Paradigms
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Area: 3,229 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Design Paradigms

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Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms

The Jewel Box Villa is an energy-efficient home with a green-roof that sits on a long, narrow plot overlooking the shores of one of Lausanne’s largest lakes.
Due to its location, the owner wanted to maximize the views to both the south and west. For this reason, the residence has taken up a rectangular form with an outer shell shaped construction that juts outwards and up.

The owner, an environmental consultant, also wanted to make sure that the home with use both passive and active energy sources, with focus on solar and geothermal, therefore Design Paradigmsthe Chinese studio that designed the Jewel Box Villa had to make sure that it meets all local energy and eco-certification standards.

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

The Villa is a mixed material structure utilizing recycled concrete, steel and wood as primary structural systems. The outer shell quickly became a multi faceted garden over a concrete structure.

Partially opening itself up and revealing the primary body. We wanted something heavy but contradictory, suspended, creating a tension and through that tension an inherent calm. The primary body became a suspended core-ten box, being revealed in certain parts and covered by the shell structure in others.

We imagined that this outer shell is a box that is in the process of being opened, hence the outward leaning eastern wall, and the suspended piece of metal became a jewel that is revealed as the box opens up. This notion has given the name to the villa: Villa Jewel Box.

Design Paradigms

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

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Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

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