Architectural Inspo: Les Jeurs Swiss Chalet
A multiform chalet blending minimalist sensibilities with traditional form and function
Switzerland is no joke. In fact, it’s super serious. The people are serious; the mountains are serious; the architecture is serious. And while we generally consider such seriousness a massive turn off, in the case of Les Jeurs House, we’re OK with it. In fact, we love it.
Designed by Swiss architecture firm Lacroix Chessex (no relation to the seltzer), the angular alpine chalet sits perched high above the tiny town of Col de la Forclaz high in the Alps near the French border with Chamonix and Mont Blanc well within reach.
To avoid dramatically impacting the surrounding natural landscape the cabin was divided into two structures angled at 45 degrees from one another, each set atop an elevated concrete platform. The exterior is clad in black stained larch—reminiscent of traditional Japanese shou sugi ban wood burning technique, of which we’re a huge fan—with light, untreated wood featured throughout the interior in a nod to typical Swiss chalet construction.
With sweeping views of the valley below, direct mountain access from the from door, and a world of bright, beautiful wood throughout, it doesn’t get much better than this.