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Modern Swiss Prefab with a Tilting Wood Frame
Posted By Olivia Chen On July 17, 2009 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Prefab Housing,Sustainable Building | 2 Comments
Set against the rocky forms of the L’Ardévaz mountains, the Zufferey House both complements and contrasts its surroundings  with a poised position that makes it appear like a rock teetering slightly off-balance or a box-y UFO about to take off. With a structural form  that can certainly be considered an architectural novelty, the home — designed by Nunatak Sàrl Architectes  — grabbed our attention when we noticed its incorporation of eco-friendly building techniques including a prefabricated wood frame and passive heating.
With a textured black exterior designed to resemble a stone, the interior proves to be cozy and contemporary. The home’s construction around a prefabricated wood frame is complemented with white walls and gray concrete flooring. The home’s concrete floor also provides heat for the home . The home also utilizes the principles of solar orientation as the home’s outdoor living spaces, including a terrace and garden are located on the east and south sides to shelter the residents from western winds and hot summer temperatures.
Via archdaily 
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 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=39534
 complements and contrasts its surroundings: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/10/prefabricated-bridge-house-crosses-creek-sustainably/
 a structural form: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/29/residence-eco-friendly-urban-home-with-eyelid-roof/
 Nunatak Sàrl Architectes: http://www.nunatak.ch/
 concrete floor also provides heat for the home: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/12/hof-house-by-studio-granada-architects/
 archdaily: http://www.archdaily.com/28262/zufferey-house-nunatak-sarl-architectes/
 Photos courtesy of Dominique MarcWehrli: http://www.dominiquewehrli.ch/
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