"La Begnaule” is a treasure trove of exceptional flora and fauna. Shaped by its owner in an empirical manner with a sustainable vision, this living space is a real breeding ground for the local flora and fauna, combining sub-ecosystems, undergrowth areas, rock gardens, wetlands, and woodland areas.
As part of a joint project between landscape architects and architects to enhance the site, CCHE developed a project based on two fundamental principles: preserving this natural biotope while allowing the building to be nestled in the centre of the plot.
The main thrusts of the project were to list the garden in the ICOMOS to preserve the intrinsic qualities of the existing structure, and to develop an architectural project capable of increasing the dwelling density while respecting the footprint of the existing villa.
Nestling in the heart of the garden, the building of four flats revisits the concept of the tree house using contemporary materials. Corten steel was selected as it is often used in outdoor landscaping. Its colour blends in perfectly with the surrounding greenery, and its texture catches the light in different ways, depending on the facade.
The building is divided into four levels and connects directly to Chemin des Baules with an open car park on level two. Each flat is served by a central lift and has its own pedestrian entrance.
On this sloping plot, three flats have direct access to the garden. The fourth flat is on the top level and overlooks the project, offering its residents a view of Lake Geneva and a private staircase.
The winding paths, water features, rock garden, undergrowth, Jura stone retaining walls and trees interact with the architectural project. The project developed by the landscape architects and including the garden in the ICOMOS inventory have allowed its intrinsic qualities to be preserved.