Unbelievably, this stunning futuristic four-storey structure has been magnificently designed into the shape of a ribbon in order to make it fit on just a tiny sliver of land on the banks of Lake Zurich
The intimidating glass-fronted landmark structure in Meilen, Switzerland, boasts of an electrifying panoramic views of the breath-taking lake from two roof terraces, and has just recently been put on the rental market for a whooping sum of £5,300-a-month.
This unusual structural layout of the two-bedroom home was nurtured from its weirdly-shaped triangular plot – wedged at the centre of a railway and a road.
The structure which is a ribbon-shaped Flexhouse boasts striking views of Lake Zurich, Switzerland, from its two roof terraces
The dual-bedroom propertyin Meilen, Switzerland, has very wide walls of glass and a white façade that can always wind around the building
The designers had aways wanted to create a structure that reflected the movement of the road in front of it, and the railway railway which is positioned behind it. The building, which has an interesting yet noiseless open plan living, dining and a visually appealing loft-style kitchen area on the ground floor, was just recently completed this year, in March by the popular Swiss architecture and design studio Evolution Design.
Executive director Stefan Camenzind had created the property after spotting the vacant plot which according to him, had a great location on Lake Zurich's banks but was triangular, narrow and squeezed between a railway line and a road.
Mr Camenzind said: 'When I found the plot I saw potential in the position. 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.'
Flexhouse boasts unbroken views and reams of natural light in the open plan ground floor and two large bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor.
Morning greetings: The first-floor master bedroom offers views across Lake Zurich to the mountains beyond
Time for breakfast: The island kitchen is located on the ground floor of the house, with a separate dining area
The building is shaped the way it is as designers found it was the only way they could fit a proper house on the small plot of land
With glass walls on three sides, Flexhouse blurs the boundaries between outside and inside, offering 180 degree views
According to DailyMail reports, The Flexhouse has an open plan living, dining and loft-style kitchen area on the ground floor, On the second floor there is a studio with panoramic views and two large roof terraces and there is also a basement level with an underground garage and a utility space.
Rather than closing off individual floors, the spectacular design incorporates a double height open space to allow a glimpse of the bedrooms above or the living room below from the first floor. With glass walls on three sides, Flexhouse blurs the boundaries between outside and inside, offering 180 degree views across Lake Zurich to the mountains beyond.
Flexhouse's design features a floor plan which goes from wide to narrow to follow the railway lines and shape of the plot. Stefan said: 'We have given the space a direction of view. When you're travelling in a car or train, you face a certain way and this house does too. 'On the ground floor it faces south east, from the bedroom it faces west towards the sunset and from the top floor terraces the views are 180 degrees. 'Connecting inside and out is very important to me as an architect. I want people to know where they are when they are inside a building.
The property is currently taking viewings and will cost £5,300 a month to let
Flexhouse's design features a floor plan which goes from wide to narrow to follow the railway lines and shape of the plot
Luxury bath: The master bedroom is ensuite and comes with its own separate bathroom
On the second floor of the Flexhouse, there is a studio with panoramic views and two large roof terraces
An image from inside the bedroom shows the rest of the first floor, with space for a sitting room or another bedroom The house does have its quiet corners and there is always a back wall, which helps give a more cosy feeling. And you can close the blinds to create a peaceful, private corner.'
Despite its model good looks the house has been designed for practical everyday living and meets Switzerland's energy efficiency standards with thermally-activated concrete floors, a geothermal heat pump, external blinds and triple-glazed windows.
The rear living room wall functions as a storage and display space, the kitchen grows out of the same call and in the bedrooms it acts as a screen to separate the bathrooms from the sleeping spaces.
But Swiss building regulations are notoriously tight, and Stefan said building on Flexhouse's plot was particularly challenging. Stefan said: 'There are strict rules around boundary distance and building volume, which means it is quite difficult to be creative with buildings in Switzerland. 'But we were determined to build something which responded to the site rather than just a square box planted on the plot.'
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