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Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes (CH)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 25.08.2013 - Tagged as: ,

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

Arsenal B47, a former Swiss army building constructed during the Second World War, was recently converted into a habitable space by Ralph Germann architectes.

 

 

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

The transformation involved inserting a glass cube into the old structure, an option which meant the architect didn’t have to touch the patina of the walls, thus preserving the roof and some historic details such as the “charge maximum 1500 kg au m2”[maximum load 1500 kg/m2] sign on the wall.

 

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

“Whilst wishing to preserve this testimony to the past, the architect retained only simple materials – noble and solid – including larch, slate, glass and metal.” says Ralph Germann architectes. “And by interpreting them using clean, pure lines, he has given the chalet a timeless feel.”

 

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

To avoid sliding into an atmosphere of austerity, Germann added an unexpected touch of colour behind the cloakroom door: a bold shade of fuchsia.

 

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

“This design, functional above all else, places the emphasis on light and space. To achieve the second, the architect has designed another cube – but in wood this time. Set within the heart of the glass structure, it houses the WCs, cupboards, and even the bed, which folds up when not in use. This optimises space in this area, which measures only 49 m2.”

 

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

“A large picture window – that can be concealed or revealed thanks to double wooden doors – and a long, horizontal window ensure excellent lighting.”

 

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

Arsenal B47 by Ralph Germann architectes, photo: Lionel Henriod/mc2, photo stylist: Patricia Schmid

 

to the Ralph Germann architectes website

 

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