Family House Renovation in Blonay / Graber & Petter Architectes Sàrl
Text description provided by the architects. This family house, typical of the domestic architecture of the 1970s in Switzerland, has been completely renovated. Its location in the heights of the village of Blonay, offers its inhabitants a breathtaking view of Lake Geneva and the Alps. Subtle and punctual interventions on the original reinforced concrete structure freed up certain spaces revealing the potential of the house. The renovation therefore enhances the essence of the existing spaces while reinterpreting certain elements to reveal their functional and spatial qualities.
The existing volume is articulated on two floors, both in direct contact with the natural terrain. Access to the building is on the upper ground floor, where the entrance hall and sleeping areas are located. The existing garage, also located on the upper ground floor, has been detached from the main volume to be considered as an independent structure in the extension of the house.
This articulation defines the exterior entrance area, while creating a visual filter between the public and private domains. The interior staircase, bathed in natural light, connects the floors while creating a visual opening from the back to the front of the house. A large part of the lower ground floor has been freed from any partitioning, offering a space generously open to the landscape.
The general form of the family house remains unchanged. Only a “skin” made up of vertical wooden cladding envelops the upper floor. The cladding finely integrates the different openings while assimilating the existing balcony so that it becomes an extension of the interior spaces a bit like the deck of a ship. This gives the effect of a wooden box placed on a mineral base anchored in the slope.