Chigny

Chigny / Switzerland / 2017

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A 200-year-old Chestnut tree and a very tall Sycamore in the middle of the vineyards of Chigny above Morges shelter a group of 3 houses: manor house, farmhouse, and press-house. An ensemble of carefully proportioned buildings dating from the 19th century, beautifully integrated into the landscape, almost like gravels in a field. To respond to the brief for an additional house the project follows the prevailing characteristics of this rural site, where solitary volumes in close conglomerates provide space and shelter for the activities that facilitate life. In adding an additional house, and following the typology of a barn, we have inserted a further mass in the gravitational play of volumes about the trees. The garden continues to be the locus of identity, where the refurbished Pressoir (press-house) and the new Grange (barn) articulate an interstitial court in the continuous landscape. Chestnuts will fall close to a new roof entirely built up of nano-film coated solar-cells that provide energy both for the new and the refurbished press-house.
Each of the houses is built around a generous common space that can become a gathering place for the people living in both houses. Thus the project can be inhabited as a common place by many. Likewise each house can be lived in individually, as both Grange and Pressoir are suited as work and life environment. Their plan plays on interstitial thresholds of voids, doors, curtains and sliding panels that gradually negotiate between public and private spheres.


From inside out the houses orient themselves towards the Lemanic landscape, opening views to the vineyards, the French alps and into the surrounding orchard. Grange, Pressoir, old and new trees in the orchard, and plants in the garden – growing – will turn into a magic world, again.


Architect: dieterdietz.org, Zurich and Lausanne
Project architects: Dieter Dietz, Vincent Mermod, Manuel Potterat
Civil engineer: Schnetzer Puskas, Basel

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    A 200-year-old Chestnut tree and a very tall Sycamore in the middle of the vineyards of Chigny above Morges shelter a group of 3 houses: manor house, farmhouse, and press-house. An ensemble of carefully proportioned buildings dating from the 19th century, beautifully integrated into the landscape, almost like gravels in a field. To respond to the brief for an additional house the project follows the prevailing characteristics of this rural site, where solitary volumes in close conglomerates...

    Project details
    • Year 2017
    • Work finished in 2017
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence / Interior Design
    Lovers 15 users