[Jaccaud Spicher Architectes]

The project for a chalet with two dwellings at La Forclaz in the Val d’Herens offers a contemporary reinterpretation of a historical typology very present in the region. Due to the scarcity of soils, the chalets have in fact developed in height in the village centers to reach 4 or even 5 floors.

Located at the junction between the historical fabric of the “old” village of La Forclaz and the more recent chalets of the 1970s and 1980s, the project creates a seam between these two fabrics through its assertive volume which extends that of the buildings of the historic village.

From the inside, two dwellings are each articulated on two floors with an entangled cut that allows for very diverse floor heights. Large bay windows open onto the landscape from the day spaces which are extended by balconies facing south.

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Photography by: David Carlie