Prefab Modular Villa, Collonges, Switzerland

About Pierre-Alain Dupraz

Architecture: Pierre-Alain Dupraz
Location: Collonges, Switzerland
Year: 2012
Photos: Thomas Jantscher

Description by the project team 

Located at the base of the mountain overlooking the Geneva basin, the 'house in Collonges', designed by the Swiss office Pierre-Alain Dupraz Architects. Built for a single family, the prefab modular villa is constructed from a series of rectangular prefabricated concrete boxes, paired and stacked one on the side - and on top - of the other, in order to shape the dwelling to the sloping landscape and accommodate programmatic needs.

The south axis rests on a geographic shelf where are the entrance, dining, kitchen, living room and master bedroom areas. The children's bedrooms are found on the lower level, embedded in the slope, overlooking the valley. The neutral gray of the exposed concrete facade is interrupted by light frames and square wooden windows, allowing the prefab modular villa to naturally blend in with its surroundings in green summers and white winters.


About Pierre-Alain Dupraz

Born on 8 june 1967, Pierre-Alain Dupraz is a swiss architect in geneva. He started its training at the age of fifteen years by learning and in 1991 has received its architect diploma. In parallel with his studies, he collaborated in various offices before starting his activity as an independent in 1995. He became a member of the Federation of Swiss architects in 2002 and, the same year, founded the office of Pierre-Alain Dupraz. It is regularly invited as an expert in the high schools of Swiss architecture and teached the works of art at the High School of Engineering and Architecture of Friborg. It participates frequently in exhibitions, conferences, seminars and contest juries.

Pierre-Alain Dupraz has obtained many prizes in the competitions of architecture, urbanism and art works. It particularly illustrated by winning four competition of great importance in geneva: that for the bridge of Mont-Blanc, the mandate of parallel studies international of urbanism of the pav etoile, the competition of ideas for the amenacement of the rade, as well as the international architecture competition for the City of Music. It was also rewarded by several appointments and distinctions for the Prangin school, as well as the 2016 sia geneva award for the construction of the Peace Gateway.

His work is widely published in Swiss and international architecture reviews. Two monographs give it a tribute: the "59 de aedibus" of the quart verlag editions, 2015 (lucerne), retracts its course since its beginnings, as "The topography in architecture 2002-2017" of the quadernos tc editions, 2017 (valence), includes the projects presented in spring 2017 at the paris architecture gallery.

The projects developed and carried out by Pierre-Alain Dupraz are of different nature and size but have several aspects in common. The design of its works is as well as the context as construction methods. The topography in which its achievements is indisociable of the project, it becomes sometimes the central theme.

Address: 5, Rue Des Cordiers, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland
Phone: +41 227007500