The free-standing house is the focus of growing criticism in the context of a planet threatened by climate change and other ecological imbalances. The problem is that free-standing homes consume too many resources, and Valendas, a small village on the right bank of the Rhine Gorge, thinks that is no longer acceptable. The village wanted an alternative form of housing.
It is not that we believe that this building, designed to optimise energy use, signals a useful and sustainable path towards a more sensitive relationship with our planet. Our approach is different. We want to encourage people to relate: to the trees and the wind, to the heat and the cold, and to our neighbours as well. This housing complex aspires to this end, to improve these relationships, and that is why the building and the dwellings are unfettered by homogenising immobility. The rooms will not only be either warm or cold, on or off. A dwelling can change, its users as well. An idea accompanied us throughout the project: I live with the house and the house lives with me.
LICENSING AND COPYRIGHT ACQUISITION: Search and view in jesusgranada.eu is free and any different use outside here must be authorized. If you are a publisher, journalist, publicist or manufacturer interested in use photos from this project on your magazine, book, company or marketing campaign, you need to acquire copyrights about needed photos. Fill this form to obtain conditions and fees of copyrights.
Commissioned by ‘El Croquis’ publishers:
El Croquis N. 210/211 Gion A. Caminada. Identity, Autonomy and Resonance.
Gion Caminada was born in Vrin, Switzerland, in 1957. After working as an apprentice carpenter in Vrin, he attended a school of applied arts in Zurich and an art school in Florence prior to completing his postgraduate studies in architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He has had his own architectural practice in Vrin since 1986. In 1998 he was appointed Assistant Professor at the ETH Zurich, where he was Associate Professor of Architecture and Design from 2008 to 2020. Since 2020 he has been a Full Professor of Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich.
Semi-hard cover – 376 pages
24 x 34 cm – 2,5 Kg