HOUSE 1: a collaborative installation at EPFL campus in Lausanne
HOUSE 1 is an architectural installation based on an experimental format for collaborative design and construction by ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace) – an international group of young architects and researchers, scientists, and doctoral candidates from the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), led by the Director Dieter Dietz.
HOUSE 1是一座以协同设计和建造性的实验形式为基础的建筑艺术装置，由ALICE(Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace)设计研究院设计。ALICE设计研究院是一家集合来自于洛桑联邦理工学院青年建筑师、研究者、科学家和在读博士共同参与的国际性组织，由负责人Dieter Dietz带领完成。
Built initially as proto-structure (primary construction) during a 5-day workshop in April, HOUSE 1 is a 11m x 11m x 11m balloon-frame timber construct holding the ‘genetic code’ for future developments. The project involved over 200 students, who worked in groups under the close guidance of 12 studio directors and the wood engineer Rémy Meylan.
In succession, each team was asked to design and realize a ROOM (a space intended for HABITATION), or a TRANSITIONAL SPACE providing CONNECTIVITY (porch, stairs, doorway).
The boundaries that divide studio projects are blurry zones of negotiation over space, culture, and ideas. Accordingly, each project is strongly influenced by the others as it enters a multilayered discourse with its surroundings. The spatial experience of HOUSE 1 is therefore not that of a homogenous architecture; rather, it is an unfolding evolution of a space that invokes questions, contains possibilities, and is open for interpretation.
Alexa den Hartog, one of the 12 studio directors responsible for making HOUSE 1 a feasible project, characterizes the proto-structure and its process of inhabitation as a “restricted physical and temporal - ever changing - landscape that only slowly solidified”. To quote Dieter Dietz, HOUSE 1 reveals its final form “not as something that is done from the top down but something we share.”
After four months of frenetic work and strong engagement, the project has been recently completed and is now open to visitors on the EPFL campus next to the Rolex Learning Center.
Architect / designer / artist:
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
ALICE Studio (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace)
ALICE Studio - 1st year students (2016), Dieter Dietz, Daniel Zamarbide, Raffael Baur, Edouard Cabay, Laurent Chassot, Nicolas Durr, Margherita Del Grosso, Alexa den Hartog Stéphane Grandgirard, Patricia Guaita, Agathe Mignon, Andrea Pellacani, Laura Perez Lupi, Anne-Chantal Rufer, Wynd van der Woude with Thibaud Smith
Lead engineer timber construction:
Rémy Meylan, architect & wood engineer Whood x Mug (www.whoodxmug.ch)
Marti Construction SA
Getaz Miauton, Debrunner Acifer Roth échafaudages
E.S. Echafaudages Services SA
wood, metal, concrete
screwdriver, japanese saw, drill, rope
dimensions: 11 x 11 x 11 meters
weight: 5 tons
planning: 3 months preparations, 1 month construction 15’000 linear meter of wood
150 concrete tiles
Project location / city / country:
Campus EPF, Lausanne, Switzerland
\ Alice Studio