ANDREAS FUHRIMANN & GABRIELLE HAECHLER, ARCHITECTS
THE HOUSE NO. 1 BY UGO RONDINONE, 2012-2014
“the house no. 1” was created by New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone as a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’, a total work of art and the perfect place for working and living. Each shape and each material used in the “the house no. 1” has its origin in a work of art of the Swiss born artist.
All elements of the house are custom made and reflect the artist’s requirement for a functional work-life space. Furthermore the elements reference signature art works of Ugo Rondinone. For example the fireplace in the main living space is a replica of the artists piece “John’s fireplace”, which has been shown internationally in various exhibitions.
The entire building is surrounded by terraces with two stairways connecting the levels. The north and west terraces were placed above ground. This results in a floating sensation, which lends the house a lightness recalling traditional Japanese buildings. A certain Japanese appearance was sought after and was further achieved with the protruding roof, which shelters the terraces. The house was constructed with prefabricated wooden elements. The facade is made up of wooden cement boards, the roof of corrugated Eternit. Inside all walls are made of white plaster and treated with beeswax.