Spillmann Echsle Architekten subverted the pitched roof building style that is so endemic to Switzerland's landscape with a sawtooth roof on this gorgeous home in the village of Üsslingen. The prefabricated single-family dwelling rests on a concrete foundation and boasts a footprint of 300 square meters. Light wells on the slope of the roof bring natural light indoors, while the staggered design conforms to the hilly topography of Kanton Thurgau.
Limited by planning laws, Spillmann Echsle found a way to incorporate the iconic pitched roof into the Uesslingen house design while also giving it a contemporary spin that references factories in the region. The entry way leads into the living area, where large windows overlook the rolling green hills, and then lowers into the expansive second floor bedrooms and then into a basement or cellar that in turns spills out into the terraced backyard and a swimming pool.
Prefabricated design minimizes construction waste and lowers a home’s overall footprint. This is even further reduced by mitigating the need for artificial daytime lighting, as large windows on every level combined with the skylights on each “tooth” of the roof ensure plenty of natural light fills every inch of the minimalist, open plan house. An early example of prefabricated design, this lovely home was completed in 2008.
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