Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

With its wide walls of glass and a ribbon-like white façade that winds its way around the building, this home on the banks of Lake Zurich is so light and mobile in appearance that it resembles a futuristic vessel that has sailed in from the lake and found itself a natural place to dock.

This four storey, 173 sq metre home has an open plan living, dining and kitchen space on the ground floor, two bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor, a studio with two large terraces on the second floor and a basement level with underground garage and utility space. But it is the striking exterior architecture and the breathtaking 180 degree views across Lake Zurich to the mountains beyond that really capture the imagination.

‘It’s a very transient plot; it has a lot of movement. The land is at the edge of the village where housing meets the countryside. The railway lines behind the plot are a dynamic yet soothing boundary, and in front of the house there is a local access road and the lake. We wanted to create a building that reflected all that movement,’ says the architect.

The design features a floor plan that goes from wide to narrow to follow the railway lines and shape of the plot. The striking façade wraps around the building, drawing the eye continuously upward: the house never feels stiff or still, there are always elements drawing your eye throughout the space and to the views beyond.

The fluidity of the design continues inside, thanks to an open plan interior, unbroken views and reams of natural light, which streams throughout the space all day long. On the ground floor, the spacious living room transitions into a dining area and loft-style kitchen.

Rather than close off individual floors, the design incorporates a double height open space that allows the eyes to travel, delivering a glimpse of the bedrooms above or, from the first floor, to the living room below. The top floor studio with its panoramic views and two roof terraces is the culmination of this seamless flow between inside and out.

Flexhouse is MINERGIE certified.

Evolution Design

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Peter Wuermli

Flexhouse by Evolution Design | Detached houses ×