The Twin-Lah

with CollinFontaine architects Geneva / Switzerland / 2019

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Looking up towards the Mont-Blanc from Thônex (Geneva, Switzerland) The Twin-Lah isn’t just a project for a house, it is the narration of a story. Since the very first sketches, the requirements of the clients led the narration and the process through which the house was designed. Living at that time in Singapore, one ofthe clients’ mainwisheswas to bring a piece of his hometown back to Switzerland, to contribute to the design of his home for retirement. With the name “The Twin-Lah” G8A + collinfontaine wink at the colloquial Singaporean dialect Singlish; a mix of six languages that represent the cosmopolitan state of Singapore.And through the façade’s warm pigmentation and texture, is evoked traditional Singaporean shophouses. The design of the residence establishes a dialogue with its surroundings, playing with strong contrast in orderto take place within the neighborhood and the community.As requested bythe client,the project includes avilla orientated to enhance theview ofthe Mont-Blanc and a smaller house to be rented. Similar to the “Twin House” project completed 10 years’ prior, G8A + collinfontaine integrate rather than duplicate the houses producing a single entity with imperceptible separations. The garden was to remain untouched, so after discussion the house was finally set in a radical gesture, directly against the property’s boundary. Then conceived as a stack of 3 “T” shaped structures, absorbing force from its surrounding context to articulate in and outdoor spaces. Designed as a sensitive object that responds to its context and to the personal narrative of its owner, this project appears as the storytelling of a Singaporean pink house conceived, adapted and placed, after careful consideration, at the foot ofthe Mont-Blanc. Powerful contrasts create architectural challenges that The Twin-Lah balances harmoniously.


TheTwin-Lah
Geneva, Switzerland
Partners CollinFontaine architects
Client Private
Surface 350m2
Cost 2M USD
Type Private commission
Program Residential, 1 private house and 1 unit to lease
Year 2014-2019
Photographer Federal Studio, Regis Golay

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    Looking up towards the Mont-Blanc from Thônex (Geneva, Switzerland) The Twin-Lah isn’t just a project for a house, it is the narration of a story. Since the very first sketches, the requirements of the clients led the narration and the process through which the house was designed. Living at that time in Singapore, one ofthe clients’ mainwisheswas to bring a piece of his hometown back to Switzerland, to contribute to the design of his home for retirement. With the name...

    Project details
    • Year 2019
    • Work finished in 2019
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence / Interior Design
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