Maison MPB by Ralph Germann Architectes
Swiss architectural practice Ralph Germann Architectes has designed the Maison MPB project. Completed in 2012, the chic home, which boasts its own spa is located in the bustling city of Fribourg, Switzerland.
This alpine property was designed for a couple that wanted to live in a peaceful location but also wanted a home that could be a space for entertaining family and friends.
According to the architects: “We approached the brief by visiting the surroundings, observing the vernacular architecture of these pre-alps. The simplicity of forms and volumes of the local farms inspired the overall interior design.
The architects have used three key materials for the project: larch (facades, furniture and fixtures), concrete and lime (interior walls).
The contemporary property has been designed as ecological as possible; it includes a wood pellet stove heating system.
One of the most impressive features of the house is the 35m (114.8 ft) long ‘wall sculpture’ designed by Swiss artist Thierry Kupferschmid in Corten steel, which helps brings poetry to the entrance hall, say the architects.
Some furniture and all interior fixtures were custom built for the house. A 12m (39.4 ft) long library was designed on the second floor and the 5m (16.4 ft) high fireplace in the in the living area has been built with 8mm (3.5 in) thick plates of laminated steel.
The basement of the house includes a stunning spa area and a 20-meter (65.6 ft) long swimming pool – perfect for a dip after work.
Images courtesy of Lionel Henriod
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