Bridge House in Tannay

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Bridge House in Tannay

Modern Villa in Switzerland – design by Christian von Düring architecte

5 Oct 2016

Bridge House

Location: Tannay, Vaud, Switzerland

Design: Christian von Düring architecte

Bridge House

Bridge House in Tannay

The challenge of this project was to integrate a large program on a relatively narrow plot while maintaining usable outdoor surfaces. An additional concern, was that the access to the plot being from the south, a solution had to be found to manage an entrance while ensuring privacy for the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Bridge House in Tannay

Bridge House in Tannay

Bridge House in Tannay

The solution proposes two volumes on the ground floor, respectively a garage to the north and the living area to the south, connected above by a volume containing the bedrooms. In addition to the terrace to the south, the area resulting from the bridging of these two volumes offers a generous covered entry suitable for various activities. The house is accessed by a slightly elevated drive way that follows the western property line, bypassing the terrace and entering the house from the rear covered area.

Bridge House in Tannay

Bridge House in Tannay Bridge House in Tannay

Once inside, one is immediately faced with an open suspended staircase connecting to the above volume, through which one perceives a large room open onto the garden containing a kitchen with its large dining table and a spacious living room. Upstairs, a corridor running along the west facade connects the bedrooms and a central play-room. At each end there is a large bedroom with a balcony open to the outside. One overlooks the south terrace, while the other projects into the forest line bordering the plot.

Bridge House in Tannay

Bridge House in Tannay

Bridge House in Tannay Bridge House in Tannay

The building is comprised of ground floor masonry volumes on which is placed a wooden structure made of two large trusses spanning the entire length. The insulated triangulated framework freely runs on the inside of the windows and provides a deep sill.

Bridge House in Tannay

Bridge House in Tannay

Composed of pre-grayed squared larch rods, the horizontal open joint cladding of the upper floor accentuates its longitudinal expression in order to reduce its volumetric impact. Placed at a 45 degree angle, the rods amplify this effect by the resulting shadows and in the long-term the aging will increase this effect due to the different exposures to the rain and sun.

Bridge House in Tannay

Bridge House in Tannay

Bridge House in Tannay

Bridge House in Tannay – Building Information

Function: single family house
Location: Tannay, Vaud, Switzerland
Duration: 2010-2014
Client: private
Engineers: Ingeni SA
Contractor: ATBA SA
Certification: Minergie (VD-1676)
Stats: 257 sqm living space

Bridge House in Tannay

Photographer: Thomas Jantscher – Architectural Photography

Bridge House in Tannay images / information from Christian von Düring architecte


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