We here at ModernOctopus have seen minimalism before. We’ve seen awesome architecture designs. We’ve seen crisp structures. But we’ve never seen anything quite like the L3P Architekten-designed ‘Two Single-Occupancy Detached Houses’. The twin houses built by the Regensberg-based practice in the verdant landscape of Oberweningen, Switzerland, countryside, are homes and so much more. They are inhabitable meditations on the present of the human condition, solitude and the history of aesthetic standards. In a nutshell, the project consists of two hexagons on a beautifully landscaped lawn, separated by a reflecting pond, yet linked via a consistent range of materials and numerous visual reiterations. The two monolith-like structures are off-set by the sloping terrain of the site on which they were built. The façades, created in collaboration with visual artist Thomas Sonderegger, experiment with different finishes that galvanized steel lends itself to, as it wraps around the homes’ structures, up to the roof area. The reflecting pond that separates the two residences send sunrays shooting off into both homes, through the ample glazed surfaces of their day areas.
The sense of wonder with which these two homes are imbued is persistent indoors, too. The insides of the houses speak the same type of geometric language, with unusual volumetric choices, asymmetric rooms, splash-of-color-like furniture, slanting skylights, wood-clad staircases to warm up the spaces and intuitive circulation spaces. The skylights in particular enhance the surreal atmosphere, while also providing plenty of natural light to the rooms, a big plus in typically cloudy and mountainous Switzerland.