Composed of a series of concrete volumes, Basel-based architects Buchner Bründler’s ‘H House’ presents an architectural frame through which its residents can enjoy the picturesque surroundings of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland.
From both inside and out, the cubic home is designed to complement the natural environment as it overlooks the waters of the Vierwaldstättersee and the mountainous landscape. Decorative elements remain minimal in favor of the “living mural” outside, which the architects invite into the interior space through their integration of panoramic windows that span from floor to ceiling. In the same manner as the warm wood material palette used for the kitchen units, the expansive windows present a welcome contrast to the presence of grey concrete throughout the property, offering a character of homeliness and tranquility. This is enhanced through the creation of a built-in open log fire in the open plan living area, which at night transforms the residence’s exposed concrete walls into a flickering hue of orange flames. By day, areas of the house enclosed behind walls are illuminated by a solar tube skylight system, filtering natural sunlight into the space.
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