By Beverly Pereira Photography: Courtesy the architect |
The House of Writing incorporates spatial and design elements that are conducive to creative thought and productivity.
The House of Writing is a proposed wing of the Maison de l’Ecriture in Montrichier, Switzerland being designed by Arizona-based Blank Studio Architecture, who have envisioned a two-storey dwelling that will offer the resident writer contemplative spaces with minimal distraction.
The floating structure is suspended from a concrete canopy, while its exterior utilises etched glass and satin-finished stainless steel panels for the absorption and diffusion of light respectively. The building’s translucent glass-wrapped walls and generously scaled clear-vision windows filter in natural light, besides offering the writer unparalleled views of the Swiss landscape.
Panels with perforated openings, reminiscent of shadow patterns cast by trees in the Jura Forest, enclose two outdoor patio areas at the front and rear. Open-grate flooring on both patios allows the passage of water, light and air, reminding the occupant of the building’s gravity-defying structure.
The interiors are warm and cosy thanks to birch wood panels that clad the home’s walls and ceilings. A walk through the first patio leads to the ground level that contains the common area, bathroom, kitchen and dining room, and opens out into the second outdoor patio. A black-stained oak-panel staircase that scales the height of the structure leads to the first portion of a split upper level floor that holds sleeping, changing and bathing areas. Further up, the building tapers into a prow. The loft level holds the writer’s workspace, where darkened steel dominates on desks and countertops, frames are minimal and fittings concealed.
The loft-like corner encourages introspection and the act of writing. Cut off from the rest of the house, it offers a sense of comfort to the resident writer, comparable to the solitude of being in a rustic wooden cabin.
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