Architects: Bearth Deplazes Architekten     Photography: Gerd Schaller     Construction Period:  2023     Location:  Ardez, Switzerland

Con­crete is able to get people’s blood up like no other con­struc­tion ma­ter­ial, es­pe­cially when it is ex­posed. Is it about an un­fin­ished build­ing shell? Is it its cold grey tone that pro­vokes? If the build­ing is built com­pactly and just suf­fi­ciently equipped with win­dows, it must surely be a “bunker”.

These are, however, char­ac­ter­ized by the most massive con­crete walls and have no win­dows. Or one con­sults other “role mod­els”: in Ar­dez, it must in­ev­it­ably by about the con­tem­por­ary ver­sion of the En­gad­ine House, which has tra­di­tional hole open­ings with fun­nel-like re­veals and large arch open­ings.

Text provided by the architect.