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Sutter Residence
Bichwil (SG), Switzerland

Architect

Fuerer Gastrau Architektur, Gossau (SG), Switzerland; Gastrau Fuerer & Associates, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Owner

Marco & Michaela Sutter, Bichwil (SG), Switzerland

Contractor

Fuerer Gastrau Architektur, Gossau (SG), Switzerland

Project Description

This project involved the design and construction of a compact single-family residence that creates a high-functioning environment for a family of four while implementing sustainable building techniques and using low-maintenance materials.

With the Alps as a backdrop, the design incorporates the flowing use of architectonic elements, sliding panels, color and storage units, which are placed as furniture to provide privacy.

The exterior treatment presents black slate, aluminum windows and panels. The design solution succeeds in creating a warm and inviting residence based on a simple set of modern elements that produce a unique looking object with a soul.

Exterior

Sutter Residence

Jury Comments

This project jumped off the pages for its concise use of square planning and austere use of materials. It has a surprising sensibility – very thorough and very well organized. There is a certain poetry in that kind of restraint.

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