Case Study – Maison de Weekend au bord du Lac – François Mentha, 1958

  • Genthod, Genève
  • The hustle and bustle of the international city of Geneva is a situation that everyone wants to escape for a weekend. Staying on the shores of Lake Geneva and away from the centre, François Mentha's house stands out from the other stately homes by its extraordinary small size.
  • Protected and invisible from the road, thanks to its flat green roof and large trees, the concrete house embedded in the shoreline adapts perfectly to the cramped topography of the site. In close proximity to the water, the large windows and the south- facing "floating" balcony allow maximum natural light and offer the view of the lake.
  • The use of the outdoor spaces is favored by the minimal program, sufficient for the weekend. With modern building materials, good insulation and laying on a platform, the house is sheltered from damage caused by the constant humidity of the lake.

People: Read, Rest, See, Sit, Sleep, Talk, Watch

typology: House

Climate: Heat, Light

Location: Suburb, Urban

Material: Wood, Steel, Concrete

Contributor: Fanny Evequoz
24 July 2023