The architects took on this project when it was on the verge of being abandoned, in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, designing a modern addition with emphasis on the magnificent views towards Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.
The site is very close to the boundary of a protected wilderness, making the building’s orientation and structure key constraints. As a result, the building’s main structure features a classic design based on stone and wood, in sharp contrast with its modern addition, which is characterised by generous windows and impressive, distinct volumes.
The residence unfolds on three levels above ground: an existing stone and two new ones with a metal and wood structure.
The stone level comprises en-suite bedrooms as well as the master bedroom with a large bathroom. The communal spaces with the sitting and dining areas and the kitchen are laid in open plan on the first floor. There, the use of glass panels on the staircase and kitchen allows for spectacular views towards three iconic peaks, the two Drus and the Aiguille Verte.
The mezzanine, suspended above the lounge, is implemented so as not to compromise the view of the Aiguilles de Chamonix mountains.
The stone sub-basement level, part of the foundation which also unifies the separate building volumes, comprises auxiliary spaces as well as a swimming pool that features a window well affording a view of the spectacular scenery.
Τhe many recycled wood construction elements were chosen and sourced through careful research requiring significant colorimetry work to ensure suitably consistent tones. Finally, the latest home automation systems, integrated into the project from the very beginning, complete the atmosphere of comfort.