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Vallée de Joux

architects: Atelier d’architecture Ralph Germann
photos: Lionel Henriod/mc2 (www.mc-2.ch)

« Secret land for some, the land of the wolf for others, both wild and super industrialized, the Vallée de Joux intrigues, fascinates or repels… » Roger Guignard, Journalist and editor of « Vallée de Joux, Une île à l’envers »

It is in respect of that situation, this project has been built.

Standing on a plot of 800 square meters, a few steps from the Lake Joux’s shores, an anthracite metallic shell shields the interior life of this house from the famous harsh climate. The vernacular use of this ondulated metal sheet inspired the architect.

The fine-cut openings marked by their larch frame hide away its residents while framing the poetic surrounding scenery. Each living space offers its occupant the opportunity to discover or even to contemplate the nature and the lake of this beautiful valley.

Built with local and environmentally friendly materials (“Minergie” Label) that envelope contains a sleek and minimalist interior. White walls and larch are used in a perfect harmony in order to give a calm atmosphere to the place.

On the ground floor, a large piece of furniture in larch spans from the dining room to the living room covering entirely the common wall. Either library or cabinet, this great item is pierced by two large slits and a glass door giving the desired perspective from inside.

The first floor, accessible by two red lacquered staircases rising on each side of the lobby, is separated into two parts. On one side stands the master bedroom with its bathroom, and on the other side accommodations can be offered to family and guests. These two distinct spaces create a pleasant sense of privacy for anyone staying there.

————————Atelier d’architecture Ralph Germann ————————

Founded in 2002 by Ralph Germann, Atelier d’architecture Ralph Germann is a multidisciplinary practice based in Vevey, Switzerland, on the Geneva Lake shores with a team of seven collaborators. The firm is active in various fields from architecture to furniture design.

Its architecture can be defined in two words : aesthetics and functionality. From uncluttered or monastic interior to vernacular architecture, its site specific projects create clever interiors where minimalism means comfort.

The designed buildings are also dotted with unique furniture, customized for each spaces, underlying the views and perspectives as the main assets of these projects.

————————- CREDITS —————–

Atelier d’architecture Ralph Germann: www.ralphgermann.ch
Lionel Henriod: www.lionelhenriod.com
mc2: www.mc-2.ch