personeni raffaele schärer architects: shelter in the swiss alps personeni raffaele schärer architects: shelter in the swiss alps
jul 17, 2011

personeni raffaele schärer architects: shelter in the swiss alps

‘shelter in the swiss alps’ by personeni raffaele schärer architectes image © tonatiuh ambrosetti

 

 

 

located in the swiss alps, in the herens district, at an altitude of 1850 meters is ‘shelter in the swiss alps’, by lausanne-based practice personeni raffaele schärer architectes. the vacation home, which was previously used as a shelter for livestock, was recently restored and retrofitted to accommodate the needs of the young family now occupying it.

the fireplace provides heating for the cabinimage © tonatiuh ambrosetti

 

 

 

very popular in switzerland, the transformation reveals several simultaneous realities of preservation and modernization. derived from the desire to retain the individual characteristics of the building, the design features an outward appearance virtually devoid of any contemporary life. the new roof and foundation are reminiscent of traditional swiss aesthetics, camouflaging the updated components with the original ones.  

living room and dining room image © personeni raffaele schärer architectes

 

 

 

on the inside, the unsurpassed view is the only piece of decoration. an expansive window flanks the mountain-facing facade, directly linking the cabin to the alps. the rest of the home is left bare and neutral, the white walls and sanded concrete floor secondary to the framed scene.

cantilevered stairs image © tonatiuh ambrosetti

 

 

 

solar panels provide a sufficient amount of electricity to the unit, which is heated through a fireplace in the living room. wooden shutters – cut from the existing logs – replace traditional window coverings, and enclose the unit during the occupant’s absence.

wood shutters close over windows on the second floorimage © tonatiuh ambrosetti

storage on second floorimage © tonatiuh ambrosetti

the original wood beams sit on top of a new stone-clad foundationimage © tonatiuh ambrosetti

in context image © personeni raffaele schärer architectes

original structure image © personeni raffaele schärer architectes

the beams were salvaged and reapplied in the exact same way on top of the new foundation image © personeni raffaele schärer architectes

new foundation image © personeni raffaele schärer architectes

construction on the inside of the house image © personeni raffaele schärer architectes

rebuilding the roof image © personeni raffaele schärer architectes

site plan image courtesy personeni raffaele schärer architectes

floor plan / level 0 image courtesy personeni raffaele schärer architectes

floor plan / level 1 image courtesy personeni raffaele schärer architectes

section image courtesy personeni raffaele schärer architectes

section image courtesy personeni raffaele schärer architectes

  • stunning! but the deer head-no!

    jill says:
  • f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c!
    this is what i’m allways try to prove in my country: that you can do amazing things in such small shelters!

    Congratulations! 😉
    tiago

    [email protected] says:
  • like it

    spe says:
  • WHAT IS THE IDEA OF BEING IN THE MOUNTAIN, IN A SOODEN CABIN, IF YOU LIVE INSIDE AN APARTMENT LIKE SPACE?

    Juliano says:
  • love it!

    samah says:
  • WHAT IS THE IDEA OF BEING IN THE MOUNTAIN, IN A SOODEN CABIN, IF YOU LIVE INSIDE AN APARTMENT LIKE SPACE?

    (that’s what the deerhead is there for)

    meagain says:
  • Great recycling concept for preserving the historic context.
    So disappointed that the interior is such a shockingly cold, pedestrian space with absolutely NO context.

    John says:
  • Wunderbar!! I certainly would’nt want to be sodden on a mountain in anything less. I’m sure the interior can be made as comfortable and homely as one likes.

    Mikich says:
  • schad,….da het wohl öpper herzlich wenig begriffe!

    says:
  • Poetic.

    jacob says:
  • Beautiful home in an beautiful place … but the deer head is horrible!!!

    Dario says:
  • meditative detailing and integrated- i could sit
    here for hours.
    although i couldn’t help but chuckle at the initial description as “outward appearance virtually devoid of any contemporary life” . . .
    when the first thing that caught my eye in the first photo was the modernist railing through the front window. was it a reflection of its neighbor or the
    opaqueness of the text?

    osmosis8 says:
  • -SORRY I MEANT WOODEN NOT SOODEN

    juliano says:

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