Contemporary Alpine House

View all 12 Photos

Designed by Ralph Germann Architects, the Contemporary Alpine House is influenced by the local farm buildings and the clients’ love for a good party. To prepare for the project, Germann visited the surrounding area and studied the vernacular architecture found there. The simple forms and volumes he observed reflect in the new construction. The rustic exterior, for example, shares its rectangular shapes and sharp lines with nearby farmhouses and barns. Cladded with larch, the facade balances hard and soft textures, serving as a distinguished and inviting first view of the house. On the inside, the house uses concrete and lime for the cool interior walls and larch for the furnishings, many of which were custom-made for the space. Decidedly more contemporary than the outside, the interior centers around entertaining. The home was built to accommodate parties of twenty people, and the open rooms with high ceilings welcome guests to fill the halls. Additional personal details lend the house warmth, sophistication, and recreation. In the den, for instance, a black steel fireplace radiates heat throughout the room. Meanwhile, a steel wall sculpture by Swiss artist Thierry Kupferschmid brings visual warmth to the hallway. In other areas of the house, light seems to spill from behind wood planks, illuminating the ceiling and the stairs with a barn-inspired glow. Upstairs, windows divide the library shelves and create a naturally-lit area for reading and writing, while, downstairs, in the basement, a spa and swimming pool offer the homeowners and their guests yet another way to relax. Photographs © Lionel Henriod

Holly

Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Zallinger Refuge

    A thoughtful renovation and expansion of historical buildings in the Alps. Dating back to the…

  • Dá Licença Hotel In Portugal

    One-of-a-kind, this retreat celebrates the heritage and culture of Alentejo. During their travels, Vitor Borges…

  • The Wuyuan Skywells Hotel

    A 300-year-old traditional Chinese building transformed into a high-end hotel. Nestled in the Yan village…

  • Design Destination: Melbourne

    A complete travel guide to Melbourne, your next design destination. The cultural capital of Australia,…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(103004)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(6178)
}
            
  • Gafarim House

    An exploration of contrasts via contemporary architecture. Designed by Tiago do Vale Arquitectos, this house…

  • A Country House In Chievo, Italy

    A charming house that celebrates a rural setting via thoughtful design. Built in a beautiful…

  • The Lake House

    A serene house that welcomes the waterfront inside living spaces. Designed by Seattle-based architecture firm…

  • Residence J&C

    A semi-permanent home that offers the perfect respite from city living. Built in the small…

  • Caldera House

    A ski retreat that will make your winter more memorable. Nestled in the center of…

  • The Aloha Surf Bar

    A concrete and glass structure that mirrors a sandy coastal landscape. Located in Vila do…

  • House A by Whispering Smith

    A concrete house that complements its minimalist design with a carbon neutral build. Designed by…

  • Lochside House

    An off-grid home that celebrates the beauty of a rugged Scottish landscape. Built in the…

  • Hercule House by 2001 Studio

    A house that resembles an ice monolith emerging from the ground. Located in Mondorf-les-Bains, in…

  • The Cercal House

    A contemporary dwelling embedded into a pastoral landscape. Designed by Atelier Data, Cercal House explores…

Close Cart