With a simple volume and a gabled roof, Herzog & de Meuron have overdrawn the situation to a certain extent. The type corresponds to what is generally understood to be a 'house', yet the building is nevertheless different. The exterior form could be described as the prototype of a house, as the architects themselves claim, yet it also plays with a children's drawing. On the other hand, it evokes the impression of a view of a monolithic block, albeit a raised one, floating above the ground. The cantilevered floors, which project from the outside of the building, appear like a presentation tableau, raising the house while distancing it from its context. The building also produces the impression of being a compact volume because roof overhangs are missing. In stark contrast to the grey exterior, there are soft colours inside and the lapidary spatial concept is countered by the unusual access from below and the high space above the stairs.