2001 Designs This Monolithic Single-family House Like An Iceberg Form The Ground

Luxembourg-basedarchitecturalpractice2001hascompletedHercule,amonolithicconcretesingle-familyhouseinMondorf-les-bains,intheSouthofLuxembourg?

NamedafterlocalheroJohn“Hercule”Gruenforitsrobuststrength,thevolumeemergesfiercelyfromthegroundlikethetipofaniceberg:thesteppingoftheplot,aresidualportionoflandsituatedbetweenanoldfarm-houseandasuburbanvilla,drovethedesign,breathingastrongsenseofgroundingintothesite。

Ratherthanworkingagainstthetopographicalconstraint,thenaturalcontexthelpedtodeterminethelayoutofthehomesthreelevelsastheystepdowntheslope。

Thebasementgathersallthetechnicalfunctions,includingthegarage;theentrance,thewardrobe,thelaundryroom,thefitnessspaarea,thewinecellarandthekitchen,aswellasthedining-roomandthelivingarea,bothofwhicharearrangedinasinglespaceof14x6meters,andopen?

completelyonthesouth-westsideviaapatio。

Thesedimensionsarerepeatedontheuppertwofloors,whichaccommodatethebedroomsandbathrooms?

Designedaccordingtoanessentialaesthetic,theyareincludedinacompactvolumethatrepresentstheonlyvisiblepartofthebuildingfromstreetlevel。

Inthisway,thearchitectsattainedmaximumprivacyandminimizedthebuilding’svisualimpactovertheground。

Differentapproachesdefinethefa?

ades。

Tothesouth,ablindbétonbrutwallworksasabeamfortheuppertwofloors,inordertopreventtheneedforacolumninthelivingroom,whilethenorthelevationpresentspunctualopeningsontothegarden,framingdifferentlandscapeelementsthroughfurniture-windows。

Theeastandwestfa?

ades,orientedtowardsthestreetandthegarden,aretreatedascurtainwallswithasolarprotectiveglass。

Reflectingbothsuburbanandlandscapecontexts,thehouseblendsinwithitssurroundings。

Theradicalismoftheprojectisfurtherexpressedthroughthelackoffinishing:“Theprojectresultsinamultifacetedartifact,anarchitecturalbastard,dealingwiththecontextcomplexityanddefiningvitalspacesforayoungfamilyinthe21stcentury,”?

saysPhilippeNathan,founderof2001?

Onlythemainstructuralelementsarevisibleandareenhancedthroughtheuseofformworkorsanding。

Theresultingausterity,whichisunusualforcontemporarydomesticstandards,underlinestheessenceoftheproject:theminimalqualityoftheinteriorsfostersarelationshipwiththecontext。


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