Dag Cottage in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

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Dag Cottage in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

French Alps Property: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Home – design by Chevallier Architectes

5 Jan 2017

Dag Cottage, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Design: Chevallier Architectes

Location: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

Cottage in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

This cottage was originally a summer residence, like many others in Chamonix, and was therefore not insulated for winter use.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

No upgrades had been done since its construction approximately 70 years ago.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

The upper level was used only as an attic and the lowest level as a garage, with only the middle level used as living space.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

The architecture firm’s mission was to make all existing floor space liveable, using the best available insulation solutions.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Features
This project had several constraints, most notably the house’s location in an avalanche zone.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

To manage that risk, the architect chose to create a green rooftop, a solution rarely used in this alpine valley.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

A heat pump handles climate control, and the entire house is very well insulated.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

In addition, Dag needed to coexist harmoniously with several nearby old Swiss raccards.A raccard is a small cabin used as a granary or shed.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Dag is located in the Chamonix heights and has exceptional mountain views. Situated in a small, cozy family neighbourhood, it was essential that Dag’s modern style fit with the setting.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Materials and organization
Dag is built from glass, metal and traditional larch wood; the wood was stained to coordinate with the nearby raccards.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

With obvious Scandinavian inspiration, Dag is both warm and unpretentious, stripped down to essentials.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Its large picture windows create a strong link with the alpine forest environment in which it is nestled.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

The main open-concept living space makes for easy living, in tune with the spirit of the place.

Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Photographs: Alexandre Mermillod Onixstudio.com

Dag Cottage in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc photos / information from Chevallier Architectes


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