Holzkristal by
Hurst Song Architekten

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This holiday home by Swiss architects Hurst Song Architekten is partly embedded in the steep slopes of the Swiss Alps (+ slideshow).

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

Located in Lumbrein in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, the house is vertically clad in black-stained timber.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The roof is made from copper and will eventually discolour to blend in with the dark timber.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The gabled roof has been positioned perpendicular to the hill, as is customary for local buildings.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

A concrete frame has been inserted around the entrance at the lower corner of the house.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The underground parking area also provides a separate internal entrance to the house.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The interiors make use of concrete and spruce, with darker materials on the lower levels and lighter materials throughout the upper floors.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The kitchen and living room have spruce walls and concrete floors, and are divided by a central concrete wall.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The bedrooms are finished in spruce and some have beds that fold out from the walls.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The project was commended in the AR House 2012 prize this year.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

Another house in the Swiss Alps we've featured on Dezeen is a concrete extension to a stone house and barn.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

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Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

Here's some more text from the architects:


The building is located at the periphery of the village and ascribed to the landscape of a sloping field. The new road curves below the parcel which necessitates a steep berm where a small incision is made to allow access to the garage and provide entry to the house through the basement.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The gabled roof is oriented perpendicular to the slope following local custom.The building volume is rotated to face the street and to optimize the stunning views.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The resulting crystalline geometry emphasizes a dynamic relationship to the landscape. This reading is enhanced by the absence of roof eaves.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The sheathing, composed of verticle wooden planks, is treated with a weatherproof dark stain which relates to the materialtiy of the aged barns in the region.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The standing-seam copper roof will age in a short time to the same hue as the facade.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

The interiors are primarily composed out of concrete and spruce. The surfaces interlock and graduate in proportion from the cellar to the attic from heavy to light.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

In the living room a rugged concrete floor matches the concrete walls and in the bedrooms the wood floors are made from the same material as the timber walls and ceilings.

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

Holzkristal
Single Family House
Lumbrein, GR 2009-2010
Switzerland
Minergie-P (Passive House Standard)

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

Architektur: Hurst Song Architekten, Zürich
Ingenieur: Clemens Arpagaus, Vella

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

Haustechnik: BSP-Energie, Zürich
Bauphysik: Raumanzug, Zürich

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

Holzkonstruktion: Alig & Co, Vrin
Fenster und Türen: Alig & Co, Vrin

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

Schreinerarbeiten: Alig & Co, Vrin
Küche: Alig & Co, Vrin

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

Sanitärapparate: Catalano
Küchenapparate: V-Zug
Beschläge: D-Line

Holzkristal by Hurst Song Architekten

  • http://twitter.com/alaninbelfast @alaninbelfast

    A chimney is visible on the external shot – so presumably there's a log fire somewhere inside. But no signs of any other heating. Brrrrrr.

    • Jones

      >2012
      >Newbuild
      >Specifying hideous rads instead of glorious underfloor heating

      I seriously hope you don't do that.

  • thomas

    Some nice ideas. Parts of the interior are great but to be honest, with three floors and a copper roof it’s more of a mansion than a holiday home. Yet it works perfectly as a new rich statement and seems totally devoid of any thought of sustainability. All I give it is two fingers.