The idea of structure mimicking nature.
Pierre Zoelly ’s house for the sculptor Peter Hächler is one of several projects designed by the architect referencing naturally occurring forms. A concrete “tree” sits at the core of the house, the branches extending outward to define interior partitions and support the exterior enclosure. By the architect ’s own admission, the house was conceptually finalized after the construction of this core, the innocuous envelope a pragmatic necessity to enclose the home. The sculptor ’s studio is situated across a rock garden from the house, creating a short but meditative separation between practice and living.
Lenzburg, Switzerland, 1964.