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Haus Rudin

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Herzog and De Meuron
location Leymen
function private house
contributed by jpmm

With a simple volume and a gabled roof, Herzog & de Meuron have overdrawn the situation to a certain extent. The type corresponds to what is generally understood to be a 'house', yet the building is nevertheless different. The exterior form could be described as the prototype of a house, as the architects themselves claim, yet it also plays with a children's drawing. On the other hand, it evokes the impression of a view of a monolithic block, albeit a raised one, floating above the ground. The cantilevered floors, which project from the outside of the building, appear like a presentation tableau, raising the house while distancing it from its context. The building also produces the impression of being a compact volume because roof overhangs are missing. In stark contrast to the grey exterior, there are soft colours inside and the lapidary spatial concept is countered by the unusual access from below and the high space above the stairs.


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Haus Rudin
Off Rue du Waldeck
Project is not public!
How to get there? Leymen is a small French rural village, south-east of Basel on the D23. It is just on the other side of the border from Biel-Benken. There is good public transport (tramway) from Basel.
Completion 1998
ArchitectHerzog and De Meuron
Client Hanspeter Rudin
Project ID 5623
Latitude/Longitude 47°29'31N 07°28'40E
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