House on a Slope

Signau, Emmental, Switzerland
Bela Zwygart

Designed by Swiss architects by JUNG, the renovated three-storey House on a Slope is located in the region of Emmental, Switzerland. Precariously situated on a steep slope that runs the risk of potential landslides, the concrete structure was built to resist such an extreme impact.

The house is entered through the basement floor, where an existing staircase leads in an extensive concrete corridor in the back. The tunnel-like space is open at each end, emphasising the horizontality of the main floor leading into the living room. Enclosed by a continuous 75cm high concrete parapet, the liveable space expends towards the outside.

A light prefabricated wooden construction with a gable roof is added as the top floor to the house, contrasting beautifully with the brutalist concrete below. The raw wooden surfaces create a warm atmosphere for the private spaces and the bedrooms.

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