In a small town on the outskirts of Basel, Switzerland, where the weather is highly changeable and the views are impacted by rural sprawl, architect Tito Herlach designed a semi-transparent home to give a family of five access to, and protection from their surroundings.

The home mimics the topology of a half-timbered farmhouse, but it\s wood frame is covered in corrugated plastic on the south and west sides which act as a “semi-permeable membrane”. At the front entrance this membrane is the only source of light to the unheated entryway behind it. Only the north and east sides of the home are covered in more insulating, opaque materials.

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Very interesting ideas. It would be much more interesting if they had used earthen materials for the interior mass walls and floor (compressed earth blocks or adobe for instance), and recycled timbers. Beautiful salvaged wood cabinets and some colorful accents would soften the appearance.


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