Location: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Architect: Andrea Pelati
Design date: 2012
Completion date: 2014
Built area: 212m2
Architects: Andrea Pelati Architecte
Civil Engineer: AJS
Thermal Engineer: Exotherm
Photographer: Thomas Jantscher
The villa is located near the center of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It settles on a small plot surrounded by quite massive houses. Therefore, the house is concentrated in a compact volume, seeking openings and light vertically. It develops over three levels, the highest and brightest of which are hosted the living room, dining room, kitchen, and terrace.
In respect to the occupants’ privacy, the North façade displays a shield to the street whereas the South façade opens on to beautiful framed views of the city, lake, and Alps. The layout was designed to allow light to flow in through all three levels, thanks to high ceilings, overlapping spaces, and skylights. Sleeping areas are set on the intermediate level focusing on intimacy, whereas the utility rooms lay on the ground floor, taking benefit of direct access to the garden.