Private Chalet

Wallis, Switzerland
2006 - 2007

Exterior Design: Giessel Landschaftsarchitekten

The chalet is situated on the western slope of a renowned holiday resort with a cosmopolitan ambiance, in the middle of the mountain landscape of the Valaisan alps (1520 m above sea level).
On a South facing plot, the chalet is built in the classic, vernacular style of the old mountain villages. Individual rooms are linked on three levels to provide room sequences to create a feeling of maximum spaciousness. The house has two entrances, one at ground level via an anteroom directly into the main area comprising of living, dining and kitchen, and another one on the lower ground floor via the garage and the boot/equipment room for skiing and hiking. The individual sleeping areas, to be found at all three levels, have ensuite bathrooms.
All room interiors were furnished on a common theme of detail and materials.

The garden was designed to be integrated in an open way into the alpine landscape. A generous wooden deck surrounds the building, connects parts of the garden with one another, and offers space to enjoy the wonderful view of the summits of the Valaisan alps. Natural stone walls run through the slope like “lysenes”, whilst also supporting it and making the garden useable. A flowery meadow and trees provide a flowing transition between the natural alpine landscape and the new garden elements.