On the shores of Lac de Joux in Vaud, Switzerland, Ralph Germann Architects designed Home EMGD, a contemporary lake home constructed for 2. The purchasers requested that each one foremost rooms look out to the water with out obstructed sight traces, a problem when it got here to engineering. Longing to maintain issues easy, the architect appeared to outdated boathouses for inspiration, the place the lake is the main focus and never the interiors.
To reduce the construction’s visible affect on the encircling panorama, they selected burned wooden for the outside. The blackened materials additionally requires no upkeep or portray which retains prices and ecological results down.
Ralph Germann utilized eco-friendly parts all through, together with outfitting the roof with photo voltaic panels and geothermal heating.
A pathway traces the perimeter of Home EMGD, all coated by the prolonged roof, permitting the owners to stroll round it irrespective of the climate.
The lake-facing residence gives panoramic views of the water with none assist columns standing in the best way.
The inside design is stored minimalist, letting the lakeside location take heart stage. Partitions are a clear white or wooden paneling for added texture and heat. A curated assortment of furnishings consists of white and grey textiles, together with black particulars and wooden accents.
Images by Nicolas Sedlatchek.