The building was constructed in 1965, but its origins go back to the 1930s. The architect, Carl André, found his inspiration in the famous Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier, and the five “pillars of architecture” as described by the master are clearly represented:
- the structure is completely supported by steel I-beams, partially open;
- the materials chosen for the ground floor add to the illusion of a floating structure;
- the winter garden neutralizes the impact the building has on the environment;
- the construction, based on two suspended layers of reinforced concrete, lacking any load bearing walls, allow for complete liberty in the design of the facade and floor plan;
- the floor-to-ceiling windows optimize natural light in each room and allow panoramic views over the river and the forest.