prefab house in collonges by pierre alain dupraz architects prefab house in collonges by pierre alain dupraz architects
nov 14, 2012

prefab house in collonges by pierre alain dupraz architects

‘house in collonges’ by pierre-alain dupraz architectes, collonges, franceall images courtesy of pierre-alain dupraz architectes



located at the base of saleve mountain overlooking the geneva basin is the ‘house in collonges’ by swiss practice pierre-alain dupraz architectes. designed for a single family, the home is constructed from a series of prefabricated reinforced rectangular concrete boxes, paired and stacked adjacently to – and on top of – one another in order to mold the dwelling to the sloping landscape and accommodate the programmatical necessities.  the southern axis resting on a geographical shelf contains the entry, kitchen, dining and living areas and master bedroom. the childrens’ rooms are found on the bottom level embedded into the incline with views over the valley. the neutral grey of the exposed concrete facade interrupted by light wooden frames and square windows allows the house to blend naturally into its surroundings in the lively green summers and white winters.



elevation looking down the hill



view of the three floor from the bottom of the site



entrance to the house



exterior yard



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level -1

























  • This used to be so easy to post something you liked on Design Boom and now it’s virtually impossible.
    Much too complicated for a brain like mine. I just wanted to post how much I enjoyed the prefab house in collonges by pierre-alain dupraz architects, but could manage to do it

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      lara db says:
  • Very handsome home. I would have enjoyed seeing the interiors and views from the interiors. The wood contrasts nicely with the concrete (?) exterior. Would like to know more about the construction side of the project and the materials of construction along with the advantages.
    Very, very good looking!

    Ron Smith says:
  • Re-read Ron Smiths posting – then give me credit for it.

    I love the possible.


    JimCan says:
  • Agree with Ron. Missing in many posts are the interiors. And yes, would be informative for posts to include the materials, especially unusual or innovative materials and finishes. This prefab house in Collonges, posting construction progress images would have been great, seeing how the modules were made and assembled. Great work on this house. Perfect colors!

    mArkW says:

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