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En Chalméry House by Christian Dupraz Architects
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Off-the-Grid
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Weekend Retreat
under the patronage of
Alexander Zaxarov
Feb 1, 2021

En Chalméry House designed by Christian Dupraz Architects is a beautiful weekend retreat located in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland.

The team of Christian Dupraz Architectes closely discussed the concept with the owners, who desired to be integrated into the process.

The overall volume induced by the constraints of the plot: a limited construction area delimited by a conservation zone, a very abrupt gradient, access from the rear, led architects to design an open angular shape, south facing, a shape which diverts the "posterior" façade effect and whose volume, semi-buried, very compact, ideally addresses the mountain climate. The interior volume follows the desire for, yet again, perambulation leading to the construction all possible narratives. The three rooms, technical installations, kitchen and bathrooms, are built around a central light well, a small chamber featuring a plant aquarium. The south façade, opening onto a wide balcony sheltered by an eave, extends the surface of the main space of the living and dining area. The second terrace of the basement offers a surface in direct contact with the terrain and surrounding vegetation. The façades and roof are completely covered with larch skin, thick lathing and structured by a tongue and groove assembly. It is an architecture – an object that reveals itself and is part of a unique landscape on the forest edge.

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Alexander Zaxarov
February 1, 2021

En Chalméry House designed by Christian Dupraz Architects is a beautiful weekend retreat located in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland.

The team of Christian Dupraz Architectes closely discussed the concept with the owners, who desired to be integrated into the process.

The overall volume induced by the constraints of the plot: a limited construction area delimited by a conservation zone, a very abrupt gradient, access from the rear, led architects to design an open angular shape, south facing, a shape which diverts the "posterior" façade effect and whose volume, semi-buried, very compact, ideally addresses the mountain climate. The interior volume follows the desire for, yet again, perambulation leading to the construction all possible narratives. The three rooms, technical installations, kitchen and bathrooms, are built around a central light well, a small chamber featuring a plant aquarium. The south façade, opening onto a wide balcony sheltered by an eave, extends the surface of the main space of the living and dining area. The second terrace of the basement offers a surface in direct contact with the terrain and surrounding vegetation. The façades and roof are completely covered with larch skin, thick lathing and structured by a tongue and groove assembly. It is an architecture – an object that reveals itself and is part of a unique landscape on the forest edge.

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