savioz fabrizzi architectes: house renovation in chamoson
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feb 18, 2013
savioz fabrizzi architectes: house renovation in chamoson

‘house renovation in chamoson’ by savioz fabrizzi architectes, chamoson, switzerland
image © thomas jantscher
all images courtesy of savioz fabrizzi architectes



originally erected in 1814 in the mountain town of chamoson, switzerland, the latest house renovation by swiss practice savioz fabrizzi architectes
marks the last major structural modification on a dwelling that has evolved throughout the decades all the while holding onto its unique history.
the thick stone masonry walls reflect the sturdy construction of the era, born of the same rock that famously defines the jagged backdrop. the deep
stone envelope also provides a natural coat of insulation and thermal mass, shading the interior spaces in the summer with inset windows and
benefiting from a large thermal mass in the winter. the renovation preserves the soul of the residential edifice by leaving the exterior in as much
of its original form as possible, replacing the deteriorating wooden planks that wrap the attic with a contemporary concrete  shell that still matches
the general color of the facade. the window wells also provide one of the first hints as to the updated interior, with thin cast frames that subtly provide
structural support and match the contemporary needs of a smooth orthogonal language. new larger apertures are cut out of the walls with thermal
glass placed flush against the outer facade to retain the memory of the replaced section. situated on a sloping site, the house is split into three levels,
with an underpass signaling an original access way before the home was expanded to the third floor situated on the highest point of the property.


the interior tells an entirely different story, updated with soft pristine concrete partitions and surfaces that playfully contrast with areas of the exposed
rugged historical walls. light reflects off of the semi-polished exposed finishes highlighting the decisive touches of orange fixtures that add a lively
dynamic. the rooftop serves as a base for the 23 square-meters of solar panels that throughout the year generate 35% of the needed heating energy.
the result nests the contemporary home within a sort of primordial vessel at the base of the breathtaking mountains, expressing an agreeable union
between the character of the past and the function of the future.



original exterior with historical access way through the house
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a contemporary carport at the lower extreme of the site keeps the structure and vehicles hidden from the site
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view from the top of the carport
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newly poured concrete continues the original roof line, also providing surfaces for solar panels
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(left) new large windows open views of the surrounding mountains
(right) access way through the structure
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the relationship between the new and old
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restored interior with appearances of orange fittings
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kitchen area and stairs
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kitchen and entry into the living room
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living room
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newly opened window with glass along the outer envelope, original window with glass along the interior threshold
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original structure before renovation







site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level 3



























project info:



architect: savioz fabrizzi architectes, ch. st-hubert 2, ch-1950 sion,
works management: savioz fabrizzi architectes, ch. st-hubert 2, ch-1950 sion,
civil engineers: alpatec sa, rue du léman 6, ch-1920 martigny,
hvac engineer: tecnoservice sa, rte de l’ancienne pointe 16, ch-1920 martigny,

site area: 318m2
built area: 172m2
gross area: 380m2
building volume (sia 116): 1,130 m3
total cost: not known

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