Handsome timber chalet shows off the beauty of modern minimalism

June 12, 2017 by  
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The charms of simplicity are celebrated in this beautiful timber chalet tucked in the Alps of eastern France. Designed by French architecture firm Studio Razavi , the recently completed Mountain House carefully sidesteps cookie-cutter design with its modern interpretation of the traditional alpine chalet. Located in the French village of Manigod in a popular ski destination, the Mountain House was subject to strict building codes that the architects say allowed for “very little freedom of architectural expression.” Local guidelines dictated numerous design aspects, including building height and width ratio, roof slope, building material , and even window sizes, in order to preserve the region’s traditional vernacular. The architects skillfully overcame these obstacles by studying the historical buildings and then producing a code compliant design that put a contemporary twist on the local architectural culture. The 200-square-meter Mountain House features the traditional three-story chalet layout with a pitched roof. Unlike its neighbors, however, the new holiday home sits on a lower level made of concrete rather than stone and doesn’t include the ornamental elements that adorn many of the homes in the valley. Related: Mind-bending mountain chalet looks as if it could tip over at any moment The Mountain Home only includes the essential features, making for a simple and utilitarian, yet beautiful design. Pine clads the first and second floor and untreated timber planks line the interior. A few painted surfaces and textures, such as the artificial stone tiles in the bathroom and dark carpet flooring, break up the largely timber palette. Large windows flood the home with natural light while several overhangs protect against harsh sun. + Studio Razavi Via Dezeen Images © Olivier Martin Gambier

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Villa in Alps mimics the mountains with glimmering arches that provide strategically shifting shade

November 15, 2016 by  
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Villa in Alps is a conceptual design inspired by its namesake snowcapped mountains. Rozhko envisions the architecture project constructed from gleaming aluminum , echoing the icy origins of its inspiration. The arched structure mimics a pavilion of sorts, with spindly supports touching down in various points, using a very small footprint to hold up the undulating canopy of peaks and valleys. Related: Tiny alpine cabin rewards mountaineers who reach its stunning yet wild heights The design is meant to create moving spaces of shade and sun in an outdoor setting, such as a backyard or poolside, adjacent to a central residence. “(Villa in Alps) can make shadow and keep sunny areas for the whole day,” Rozhko said in his design statement, “and each zone is replaced by the previous, during the day when the sun changes its position.” With its smooth, arcing walls and large overall footprint, the mountain-like canopy offers outdoor shade without interfering with the ability to grow sun-loving greenery, evidenced by a lush living green wall included in the renderings. Meanwhile, views from the interior show how the Villa in Alps would offer unique mountain vistas, framed by its own sprawling arches. + Andrii Rozhko Via Yanko Design Images via Andrii Rozhko

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