Faced with a detailed brief to design two gable-roof houses in a pristine setting with several metres of snow for most of the year and a beautiful summer in between, we proposed two similar yet essentially different concepts: In both cases, we are essentially creating just a roof. For one, the roof is a large, heavy volume lifted from the ground; for the other, two plates form a light roof on top of what appears like a massive rock protruding from the slightly sloping site. The heavy volumes house all sleeping quarters, their respective open spaces become communal living and dining areas. The stark contrast brought about by the seasons gives each house a character entirely different from its counterpart. The simple roof geometry, almost an archetypal expression of human dwelling, exposes an old-new luxury of essence: Living in and with the landscape.
FBA: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Tomoyuki Sudo, Nao Yasui, Holger Pausch (intern)
Structural Engineering: OAK (Masato Araya, Tetsuro Adachi)
Mechanical engineering: ymo (Hiroyuki Yamada, Natsumi Tsuchiya)
FBA: フロリアン ブッシュ、宮崎佐知子、須藤朋之、安井尚、ホルガーパウシュ（研修生）
構造: OAK 新谷眞人、足立 徹郎
設備: ymo 山田浩幸、土屋なつみ