Located in Val d’hérens, this chalet by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes faces south and enjoys an open view on the valley. The steep slope offers a natural plateau at its top. Consequently, the building sets up on this flat area, avoiding major land modifications. The volume is opening out in facets turning towards the major points of view: the village towards northwest, the valley and the Alps towards south and east. The facade modelling can be read in the inner spaces as well, which are facing every direction. On the ground floor, the daily rooms are centred around a concrete core circulation leading to the four levels and integrating the bathrooms. The slabs are cut around this core, generating visual relations between the floors.
The concrete structure is covered with wood cladding on the upper levels, in reference to the typical barns of the village. The concrete base on the ground floor is distorting to form a large terrace, covered with the superior level overhang. Inside the chalet, the wood on the walls and the woodworks lead to a warm atmosphere, contrasting with the concrete of the central core.
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