Switzerland-based mostly Ralph Germann Architectes transformed a former Swiss military constructing, constructed through the Second World War, right into a liveable area. The uncommon transformation concerned inserting a glass dice into the previous construction, an choice which meant he didn´t have to the touch the patina of the partitions, and was capable of protect the roof and a few historic particulars such because the cost most 1500 kg au mP[most load 1500 kg/mP] signal on the wall.
Whilst wishing to protect this testimony to the previous, the architect retained solely easy supplies â noble and strong â together with larch, slate, glass and metallic. And by deciphering them utilizing clear, pure strains, he has given the chalet a timeless really feel. To keep away from sliding into an environment of austerity, Ralph Germann has added an sudden contact of shade behind the cloakroom door: a daring shade of fuchsia. This design, useful above all else, locations the emphasis on mild and area.
To obtain the second, the architect has designed one other dice â however in wooden this time. Set inside the coronary heart of the glass construction, it homes the WCs, cabinets, and even the mattress, which folds up when not in use. This optimizes area on this space, which measures solely forty nine mP. A giant image window â that may be hid or revealed because of double picket doorways â and an extended, horizontal window guarantee wonderful lighting. [Information offered by way of e-mail by Architect Ralph Germann; Photographer: Lionel Henriod / mc2]