The Twin-Lah
  • Housing
  • In progress
  • Thônex, Geneva (2014-In Progress)

Looking up towards the Mont-Blanc from Thônex (Geneva, Switzerland) this isn’t just a project for a house, it is the narration of a story. Since the very first sketches, the objective requirements of the client led the narration and the process through which the house was designed. Living at that time in Singapore, one of

Looking up towards the Mont-Blanc from Thônex (Geneva, Switzerland) this isn’t just a project for a house, it is the narration of a story.

Since the very first sketches, the objective requirements of the client led the narration and the process through which the house was designed. Living at that time in Singapore, one of his main wishes was to bring a piece of his home-town to Switzerland. With the name “The Twin-Lah” G8A winks at the colloquial Singaporean dialect Singlish; a mix of English, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese and Tamil. And through the warm pigmentation and texture, is evoked traditional Singaporean shop-houses. The design of this residence establishes a dialogue with its surroundings, playing with strong contrast in order to take place within the neighborhood and the community.

As requested by the client this project includes a villa orientated to enhance the view of the Mont-Blanc and a smaller house to be rented. Similar to the “Twin House” project completed 10 years prior, G8A integrate rather than duplicate the houses producing a single entity with imperceptible separations.

The garden was to remain as untouched as possible so after discussion the house was finally set, in a radical gesture, directly against the property’s boundary. The house was then conceived as a stack of 3 “T” shaped structures, absorbing forces from its sur-rounding context to articulate in and outdoor spaces.

Designed as a sensitive object that responds to its context and to the personal narrative of its owner, this project appears as the story-telling of a Singaporean pink house conceived, adapted and placed, after careful consideration, at the foot of the Mont-Blanc. These powerful contrasts create architectural challenges that The Twin-Lah balances harmoniously.

  • ClientPrivate
  • Cost2M USD
  • ProgramHousing
  • StatusIn progress
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