Pile et Face

Set on the hillside of Lausanne, this residential building reacts to its context with an innovative form. Inspired by the duality of the amethyst gemstone, the building’s two textural faces mimic the contrast of texture and composition.

The precious inner stone is represented through the building’s gleaming glass panes and polished metal paneling, which allows for the public spaces to glimmer in sunlight. The amethyst’s mineral crust is represented by a coarse textured wall that protects the private spaces and allows for a dichotomy of space and plan. The resulting shape is an irregular polygon that holds within itself an elegant convergence of two elemental forms.

Year: 2013
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Status: Idea
Program: Residential

Client: Private
Size: 2’077 m2
Project: 1301_REP