Swiss Mix

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January 13, 2009
Originally published in The Prefab Issue
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  The rear of the house looks onto a lush backyard. The rough, industrial prefabricated concrete panels by the German manufacturer Syspro are the building blocks of the home.
    The rear of the house looks onto a lush backyard. The rough, industrial prefabricated concrete panels by the German manufacturer Syspro are the building blocks of the home.
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  The house is located on the busy Schaffhauserstrasse, which links Switzerland to Germany, and therefore part of Oesch's brief was to reduce noise and orient the building toward the nearby Rhine.
    The house is located on the busy Schaffhauserstrasse, which links Switzerland to Germany, and therefore part of Oesch's brief was to reduce noise and orient the building toward the nearby Rhine.
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  After walking through the front door visitors enter directly into the enormous kitchen and living space. The interior is minimal, using predominantly timber and concrete. It also provides some spectacular views of the river.
    After walking through the front door visitors enter directly into the enormous kitchen and living space. The interior is minimal, using predominantly timber and concrete. It also provides some spectacular views of the river.
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  Meili and Anais lounge on a Transform sofa by Moroso.
    Meili and Anais lounge on a Transform sofa by Moroso.
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  Meili makes tea in the kitchen. The Living Tower by Vernon Panton is in the background.
    Meili makes tea in the kitchen. The Living Tower by Vernon Panton is in the background.
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  The office includes the Living Tower designed by Verner Panton for Vitra.
    The office includes the Living Tower designed by Verner Panton for Vitra.
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  The office looks out on the spacious deck.
    The office looks out on the spacious deck.
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  The couple do their outdoor lolling on Willy Guhl's concrete Loop chair (near grating) and Superieur's Divan lounge (near the table), both Swiss products.
    The couple do their outdoor lolling on Willy Guhl's concrete Loop chair (near grating) and Superieur's Divan lounge (near the table), both Swiss products.
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  The bathroom is a long, linear space with a letterbox window to provide natural light. There are two toilets, a pair of sinks, and two showers.
    The bathroom is a long, linear space with a letterbox window to provide natural light. There are two toilets, a pair of sinks, and two showers.
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  The master bedroom is spartan.
    The master bedroom is spartan.
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  At the bottom of the stairs is a second living space that includes a fireplace. The couple couldn't find a television that didn't clutter the cool minmalism so they prefer to use a projector to watch movies. The sofa was designed by Barber-Osgerby for Cappellini, and the Djinn chair is by Olivier Morgue.
    At the bottom of the stairs is a second living space that includes a fireplace. The couple couldn't find a television that didn't clutter the cool minmalism so they prefer to use a projector to watch movies. The sofa was designed by Barber-Osgerby for Cappellini, and the Djinn chair is by Olivier Morgue.
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