Raw materials are composed to harmonise with the harsh alpine landscape. Local schist & concrete foundation walls ground the dwelling into the slope, extending to define terraces. Rough rammed earth walls and glazed panes wrap the form, topped with textured corten roof slices that avoid the gabled vernacular, leaving those forms for the mountains.
The home faces prevailing winds, the form affords views while sheltering a walled courtyard. Beyond this, a small-scale guest house provides a cosy & private retreat within the retreat.
External materials extend into and form the interior. The foundation datum references changes in level, and with the flat ceiling accentuates the view – an ever-changing character in the home, through landscape and portrait windows. For the majestically still summer days, windows slide open, transforming rooms into softly furnished loggia.
Main Contractor: RBJ Construction
Rammed Earth Contractor: Down to Earth Construction
Interior furnishings and fabrics: NW Studio
Structural Engineer: Holmes
Photography by Simon Devitt