LOCALARCHITECTURE: hangar agricole, switzerland
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jan 29, 2013
LOCALARCHITECTURE: hangar agricole, switzerland


‘hangar agricole’ by LOCALARCHITECTURE, neuchâtel, switzerland

image © matthieu gafsou

all images courtesy of LOCALARCHITECTURE

 

 

true to their namesake, lausanne-based LOCALARCHITECTURE has continued to practice an architecture in service of the vernacular.
acting as an extension of the main farmhouse, this large-scale countryside shed relies on the aesthetics of self-built architectural typologies to create volumes of space.
the building is sited primarily to avoid excavations and embankments, but additionally weaves into the topography of the surrounding orchard.
cerisier, as the property is called, is a vast agricultural domain surrounded by the jura mountains and overseen by the famous chasseral pass,
lending the idyllic northeastern swiss landscape to frame the architecture.

 
the simple frame speaks to the unique concept in farm life that shared work begets shared gain. the structure elaborates on this idea by asserting that
shared space, in this context, is productive space. a combination of locally harvested logs and CNC milled fir were fashioned into pairs of large-spans ribs that
allowed for both architectural precision and the changing needs of the farmer. the ‘hangar’ is formally defined by both its edges and materials,
two ideas that serve to emphasize the context of the bucolic swiss landscape as well as a variable program that demanded space for a tractor,
agricultural machinery, repair shop, timber storage and a doghouse. the simplicity of the form belies the complexity of the design problem;
the existing rustic building had an opportunity to integrate itself more readily into the the landscape, but the pragmatism of the program
called for an architecture that spoke of materials and sensitivity to agricultural history. the result is a form made rich by its gesture–
a sloping profile that visually clings to the cornice of the existing farmhouse and gently lowers the orchard and the surrounding field.

 

 

the site is south of the chasseral with a 1000 m altitude

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the shed is an extension of the lines and space of the farmhouse

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cnc milled fir and locally harvested wood combine to create a materially interesting exterior

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the shed is a open, sloping, space with simple lines

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a warm glow emits from the main storage area

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two large ribs dictated the overall form of the building

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view of the jura mountains from the interior

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a combination of light framing and timber construction techniques can be seen from the interior

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the structure was assembled directly on site

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timber provided the form for the rest of the ribs

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the design process was a collaboration between the farmer-as-client and the architects

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construction sketches


 

framework (northside)


 

framework (southside)

 

floor plan


 


short section

 

 

long section


 

north elevation


 

south elevation


 

detail of connection and wall section

image © matthieu gafsou

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