Sometimes less really is more—particularly when you’re contending with some stunning natural surroundings. This simple prefabricated home in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland, overlooks the gently rolling hills of Lac de Joux. Ralph Germann Architects designed the home, called “House MW,” for a family on a budget, though it looks anything but cheap.
The 2,500-square-foot home, powered by solar panels, is built from a concrete skeleton and clad in prefab components made from local spruce. From the outside, House MW has the markings of a pared back modern farmhouse—pitched roof, timber planks—but on the inside, it looks like a sleek Scandinavian getaway.
The architects designed the space to evoke quietness. The interior boasts concrete stairs, birch plywood walls, and neutral toned furniture. It’s a perfectly simple backdrop for the main attraction: the windows that look out onto the shimmering lake below.