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An Alternative to Concrete: Casa CCFF by Leopold Banchini

An Alternative to Concrete: Casa CCFF by Leopold Banchini

Casa CCFF by Leopold Banchini © Dylan Perrenoud

Casa CCFF, designed by Leopold Banchini and located in Geneva, Switzerland, is an eco-friendly, single-family house that floats above an untouched garden. Mimicking the surrounding industrial shed roofs, the large open volume is filled with sunlight. The views to the exterior are carefully framed to create a brightly lit intimacy in this highly urban environment. Assembled in a few days by local carpenters in 2018, the small house proposes an alternative to the archetype of Swiss concrete houses that are often set on heavy foundations. 

© Dylan Perrenoud

© Dylan Perrenoud

On the first floor, two interior gardens divide the living spaces and bring nature to the heart of the house. Overlaying transparencies blur the boundaries between interior and exterior. Under the suspended volume, a generous covered space allows for outdoor living and parking. Each architectural element placed in the plan is specifically designed for the simple house.

Casa CCFF is an eco-friendly urban house overlooking Geneva’s industrial train station. Using economical materials and prefabrication, it reduces the construction costs to a minimum. Developed with engineer Marc Walgenwitz, the house is built almost entirely in wood, pushing the structural capacities of this natural material to its limits and reducing the use of concrete. Achieving high insulation values and maximizing solar gain, a small heat pump allows for avoiding the use of fossil fuels.

DATE: 2018 / LOCATION: Lancy, Geneva, Switzerland / AREA: 600 m2 (site), 180 m2 (built) / PROGRAM: House / STATUS: built / DESIGN: Leopold Banchini / CONSTRUCTION: Christian Giussoni / CONSULTANTS: Marc Walgenwitz, INGENI / CLIENT: private / PHOTOS: Dylan Perrenoud 

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