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July 25, 2013
What do an eco-home, a museum, and a concrete prefab home have in common? Modern design and a shared location: Switzerland.
green straw and concrete eco-home in Switzerland

In a Swiss village on the Rhine River, a home built from concrete and compressed straw is perched above the ground on concrete pilings. The structure's design prevents it from damaging the ancient Roman artifacts buried in the surrounding soil, and enables it to be as green as its facade with regard to eco-friendliness. 

Originally appeared in Straw Tech
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Photo by David Gagnebin-de Bons and Benoit Pointet / DGBI

The Wooden Cabin, by Group8 architects, is made completely of locally sourced larch—a light wood that blackens after exposure to the elements—and is built to withstand the wind and snow of Switzerland's Alpine region.

Photo by: David Gagnebin-de Bons and Benoit Pointet / DGBI

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Originally appeared in First-Class Cabins
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Glass and concrete facade in Switzerland

Casa ai Pozzi makes a bold statement on the mountainous shores of Lake Maggiore. The windows that wrap around this concrete villa afford stunning views of the Swiss Alps, and the inverted pyramid that supports the structure subtly mirrors the surrounding mountain peaks.

Photo by: Hélène Binet

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Originally appeared in A Concrete Double Villa in Switzerland
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Though Basel boasts a big list of amazing museums, I was most excited to head to the Vitra Design Museum (shown here) and <a href="http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/touring-vitra-campus-part-1.html">Vitra campus</a> located in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, a 25-m

Basel, Switzerland, is home to the Vitra Design Museum, an abstract scrap heap of a building that features exhibits related to all facets of modern design.

Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

 
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Originally appeared in Touring Basel, Switzerland, Part 2
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interior and exterior views of Swiss concrete prefab

A "modern, minimal concrete house" in Eglaisau was assembled in nine months, thanks to German manufacturer Syspro's system of prefabricated concrete panels. Inspired by the work of the renowned Le Corbusier, the home combines industrial functionality with eco-friendly design, and offers a sprawling view of the countryside as well.

Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

 
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green straw and concrete eco-home in Switzerland

In a Swiss village on the Rhine River, a home built from concrete and compressed straw is perched above the ground on concrete pilings. The structure's design prevents it from damaging the ancient Roman artifacts buried in the surrounding soil, and enables it to be as green as its facade with regard to eco-friendliness. 

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