Clear lines, grey smooth walls and glass reflecting and inviting nature in- the ingredients that Swiss architect Gus Wüstemann put into creating this modern mansion and pool house overlooking Lake Zurich.
“The use of raw materials is essential for our work. It’s that kind of atmosphere we’re looking for – authentic surfaces with character.” Describing the concrete structure of the house, he said: “It’s about mass and feeling the power. Concrete is a further step in the culture of stony architecture, but it’s still a stone and you can feel all the work of the construction behind it.”
The two buildings are positioned at different levels of the sloping site, with the swimming pool and pavilion at the lowest level, while the mansion sits above on the other side of a small, yet beautiful green garden. The grey, rough concrete dominates the walls of the house, but the facades are covered in timber to match the opposite pavilion, which is also covered in wooden panels. The walls made entirely out of glass slide across the facade of the house, connecting living rooms on the ground and first floors with a terrace and balcony that overlook lake Zurich, inviting the environment inside. Bedrooms are located on the ground floor, while a movie room, gym and wine cellar are housed in the basement.
Although we do not usually approve this kind of rough, sterile atmosphere, in this case we have to admit that an elegant,fresh touch was imprinted on this particular design, vibrating throughout its long opened shape and location on the site.
Photo courtesy to Gus Wüstemann