The rooms in Peter Zumthor’s wooden holiday homes in Leis are structured as block-like units. Full-height windows offer generous views out into Alpine landscape of the sparsely populated Vals valley, photo: Ralph Feiner
The mountain chalet has always been closely linked with the dream of a simple, rustic home in pristine natural surroundings. However, a number of projects throughout the world show that a holiday home in the mountains does not necessarily need to conform to the romantic picture of ‘Gemütlichkeit’ and accordingly to an outdated stereotype of the log cabin with a projecting pitched roof. (by Sophie Loschert)
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Mountain Refuge Los Canteros by dRN Architects
This contemporary mountain refuge in the Chilean ski region Farellones was realised by the Santiago based practice dRN Architects. Bound on two sides by magnificent old containment stone walls the simple stone cube is broken up by other elements that overhang from its perimeter, modifying the basic figure and giving it an orientation towards the valley.
Chalet de vacances by Charles Pictet Architecte, photo by Thomas Jantscher
Chalets are a type of wooden houses in the Alpine region, traditionally with a sloping roof and widely overhanging eaves. The Geneva based architectural practice of Charles Pictet realised this modern chalet at Les Diablerets, a mountain range in the western Swiss Alpes.