Outside of Locarno, Switzerland, Pyramid House stands out for its bold, monolithic massing. Designed by DF_DC this amazing building shuns any sign of domesticity. With its back turned to the neighborhood, this pyramid house has an impenetrable amazing exterior that belies porous interiors. Have a look at this work of art and be inspired!
One of the elements of this pyramid house is the discrete concrete door that seems to disappear into the building structure. This door leads to an amazing garden where it becomes notable that what appears from the street to be prismatic block is in fact a two-pronged volume.
Wall-to-wall glazing connects the interior to the garden and floods the interiors with natural lighting. Due to this pyramid house south-wester orientation, sunlight in the winter is much needed.
Auxiliary spaces buffer the living areas from the street, while in the ends – where the height drops at its lowest – two external rooms can be accessed through open passages.
This pyramid house also features an elliptical staircase between the living and dining areas that leads to the bedroom and study upstairs. A minimalist, all-white interior aesthetic complements the building’s sculptural architecture.
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The bedrooms are naturally lit and ventilated via folds on the zinc roof, due to the devoid of windows on the external walls. These folds funnel daylight inside as well as guide views out towards the top of the mountains.
Taking cues from Japanese architecture and the surrounding mountains, the pyramid house was commissioned by a family who wanted a “one-of-a-kind” dwelling.
Challenging the look of neighboring houses while maintaining their privacy, the pyramid house interiors are deliberately pared-back, with white-painted walls that are designed to echo the minimalist finish of the building’s exterior.
The ornaments are kept to a minimum, with one of the only standout features being an exquisite hanging, black fireplace in the living room.
This pyramid house, known all over the world due to its structure and design was inspired by the echoes of bunker-like houses found in Japan. This masterpiece is an abnormal structural house and one of the most recent projects of DF_DC in Switzerland, but not the only one. The practice also recently completed a concrete house that has an outdoor terrace that is banded by a colonnade of rectangular columns.