Ralph Germann’s Linear ROFR House Acts as a Shield for the Swiss Slopes Above

04.03.20 | By
Ralph Germann’s Linear ROFR House Acts as a Shield for the Swiss Slopes Above

At the foothills of a grand mountain range in the Sion region of Switzerland isRalph Germann’s latest residential project, the ROFR house. The contemporary home’s linear design is inspired by its incredible natural surroundings. The architects imagined the structure to be a wall that acts as a barrier to protect the slopes looming above it.

Gray was selected as the exterior color to symbolize a protective rock. The area is a seismic zone, so the home is made from concrete. The roof was made completely flat to fit as many solar panels as possible – there are so many that they are able to power both the home and the owners’ electric cars.

Though it appears to be a single structure, the home is actually divided into two distinct areas. One is a large living area, while the other almost acts as a two-level apartment.

The upper level features a terrace, kitchen, living space with a large fireplace, and a dramatic concrete hallway that leads to the rest of the rooms.

A massive window in the living area looks out onto the home’s breathtaking mountain surroundings.

On the ground level, a luxurious wine cave and cheese cellar are luxurious attractions.

The entrance of the home is through the garage. Germann believes garages will become obsolete in the future since electric cars do not require gas. Therefore, if the cars are parked outside, the garage can be transformed into an extra living space down the line.

Photos by Lionel Henriod.

Emily Engle is a freelance writer based in NYC with an interest in all things design, specifically the design process. When she's not writing about design, Emily can either be found taking care of her 31 houseplants, going on "nature" walks in her neighborhood or studying Japanese.