There’s something enchanting about houses that fit into their natural surroundings. Maybe it’s because my house does this, designed as it was around a huge cypress tree, that I’m particularly drawn to this form of architecture. Or perhaps it’s because the architect designed them not to impose upon but to enhance the landscape that makes me appreciate them so much. One of the most striking example of this integration is Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1930s masterwork Fallingwater.
Recently I came across another example of this in Wallpaper* magazine’s Best New Private Home 2008 Design Awards. Nominee architecture firm Geninasca – Delefortrie have designed a villa in Chabrey that fits right into the topography of the rolling farmland.
Clad completely in wood, the roof enfolds the house, it’s long sweeping lines echoing the Jura hills that form an impressive backdrop in this rural part of Switzerland. Nestled into the site the villa is reminiscent of the traditional farm buildings in the area but has a sculptural quality that makes it uniquely modern.