Original House Shelter in the Swiss Alps (“Refuge in the Swiss Alps”), built on a steep slope in the Swiss Alps by architectural studio Personeni Raffaele scharer Architectes, is an updated and enhanced version of an old, dilapidated wooden building.
House is located in a mountain village of Valais (Switzerland) at an altitude of 1850 meters above sea level. Previously, this building was used for the temporary shelter of livestock, and after the reconstruction and modernization was a comfortable suburban villa for a young family.
Retrofitting of old buildings today are very popular in Switzerland. And this house can be seen as an organic example of this phenomenon that has arisen as a result of the desire to preserve the unique local flavor and historic heritage of the country.
Externally, the new house is almost devoid of any signs of modern life. A new roof and foundation are made in the traditional local building aesthetics. A log of which were created by the walls of the shelter for livestock, have been carefully dismantled and fixed again for a fixed concrete building future for a country house.
Thus, new materials, chosen with respect for local traditions in harmony with the original, old and, amid the magnificent alpine scenery, just produce magnetic effects. It has everything – history, mystery, comfort, warmth and respect for nature.
The interiors of houses are made in a minimalist style, with little decoration and finishing of natural materials.
White walls, concrete floor, wood – everything here is intended to be secondary to the surrounding landscape, which offers views from the windows of the house. Solar panels concerned with the development of sufficient power, and in the living room is a small fireplace.
Creativity of authors reconstruction can be found on the official website of the architectural studio, located in Lausanne (Switzerland): http://www.prsarch.ch/