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Residential Chalet, Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland

Thursday 17 May 2012

Carved from nature

Images: Lionel Henriod/mc2 
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Simple and serene chalet completed by RBCH ARCHITECTES in snowcapped region of Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland 

Sometimes in architecture, simplicity is key. This is certainly the approach taken by Swiss practice RBCH ARCHITECTES in their latest residential project in Chateau d’Oex. Located in the tranquil folds of the canton of Vaud, this modest wooden structure responds quietly to its rural surroundings in the careful selection of its construction materials with fir tree wood chosen as it is the main local building material.

The arrangement of the residence is comprised of poles and beams, and draws from traditional chalet techniques in the local vicinity. The architects explain: “This structure offers flexibility in the working of the outer layer as prefabricated wooden units fit into the pole structure. This is like a game and allows both a quick and cost-effective construction. [Fir tree wood] allows a homogenous reading and emphasises the brightness of the inner structure.”

The warmth of the bare wooden walls, ceiling and floor contrasts smoothly with the stark white of the snow-capped landscape that can be glimpsed through wide panes of glass. These generous inserts of glass permit cold shafts of sunlight which bounce off the powdery snow and penetrate the family home.

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