Evolution Design / Flexhouse
“With its wide walls of glass and a ribbon-like white facade that winds its way around the building, this home on the banks of Lake Zurich is so light and mobile in appearance that it resembles a futuristic vessel that has sailed in from the lake and found itself a natural place to dock.
Called Flexhouse and completed in March 2016 by Swiss architecture and design studio Evolution Design, the four storey, 173 square meter home has an open plan living, dining and kitchen space on the ground floor, two bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor, a studio with two large terraces on the second floor and a basement level with underground garage and utility space. But it is the striking exterior architecture and the breathtaking 180 degree views across Lake Zurich to the mountains beyond that really capture the imagination.
Despite its model good looks, the house has been designed for everyday living and practical and ecological elements are integrated into the design. The rear wall of the living room functions as a storage and display space; the kitchen grows out of the same wall and in the bedrooms the wall functions as a screen, to separate the bathrooms from the sleeping spaces. Ecologically, the house meets Switzerland’s Minergie standard with features including thermally activated concrete floors that connect to a geothermal heat pump to heat the house in winter and cool it in summer. The glass facades are triple glazed and have external blinds for optimal control of heat gain from the sun.
Thus, Flexhouse with its innovative and ecological approach adds an extraordinary architectural touch on picturesque Lake Zurich and provides a truly special kind of eye-catcher.”
Photography by Peter Wuermli.