ARCHITECTURE: Crest House
Location Ormone, Switzlerland
Set on a hillside with breathtaking views of the Alps, and surrounded by rows of wine grapes, the Crest House offers a contemporary reinterpretation of the region’s traditional houses. Appearing to be formed from one of the fractured boulders behind the house, the design elevates the main living level giving it panoramic views through floor to ceiling glazing. On this level the residents enjoy the main living areas and the master suite, while the lower entrance level contains bedrooms for their children, a small spa area, and separate offices for their consultancy business. On a terraced level in between, a rear retaining wall carves a private terrace out of the stone outcropping.
The Crest House’s form is derived from the iconography of its pitched-roof neighbors, yet it uses the roof’s slope to carefully control views and privacy. At one end, the corner of the house peels back to grant diagonal views to impressive mountains to the southwest. In the master suite, the roof closes down to shield the bedroom from frontal views, while opening up to more private views of the hillside. Further, a three-dimensional roof structure over the main living areas ensures that the space stays column-free and highlights the open hearth. Throughout, wood paneling mixes with stone finishes to create a contemporary, but appropriate atmosphere.