LOCALARCHITECTURE covers rovereaz housing with corrugated skin in lausanne
LOCALARCHITECTURE covers rovereaz housing with corrugated skin in lausanne LOCALARCHITECTURE covers rovereaz housing with corrugated skin in lausanne
apr 27, 2014

LOCALARCHITECTURE covers rovereaz housing with corrugated skin in lausanne


LOCALARCHITECTURE has covered an apartment building with a corrugated skin in reference to the agricultural past of its surroundings. located in switzerland, on the border of lausanne, the structure stands between the residential area of chailly and farming estate of rovereaz on a steep plot of land planted with trees.


the volume opens on its south side with long rows of glazing to offer views towards lake geneva and the alps. alternating terraces also serve as an extension for the apartments to the outside and are set back along the edge. each unit has a distinct layout, with the geometry of the plans resulting in a series of fluid spaces that provide multiple perspectives.

view from the street showing the transparent staircase
all images courtesy of LOCALARCHITECTURE



a slight fold in the largely closed façade facing the street is broken by a transparent staircase that interrupts the rhythm of the mass. the raw concrete circulation space generates a hollow cavity that leads to the different habitation quarters, which all contain their service functions on this side. a sharp angle on the western side reveals a narrow elevation that rises vertically from the sloping land below to assert a strong sculptural presence orientated to the city of lausanne.

the western edge rises from the sloping ground into a thin elevation

view of the main entrance

interior view of an apartment

the concrete cavity staircase


cross sections and elevations



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