Cabin in Chamonix is a project designed by Pierre Marchand Architects and built under the supervision of the architects in 2016. Located in the Chamonix valley, in south-eastern France, the 250-sqm (2,690-sqft) house offers stunning views over the Mont-Blanc skyline.
The project was designed around two themes: the view and the quest to maximize direct sun light. A heliodon allows to analyze the sun’s impact on the lot and the building. The 3 dimensional modeling of the project on the actual site allowed us to precisely appreciate the amount of natural light coming into the future cabin and frame future views over the Mont Blanc from the interiors. Designed with a mixed insulation, the house is entirely built with a concrete structure and a larch wood panel cladding system.
The larch panels are designed as a louvered cladding system for the main facades in order to keep views from bathrooms located on the ground and 1st floors. The larch wood used for the facades has special heated treatment in order to hold the color and stop the soot.
— Pierre Marchand Architects
Photographs by Pascal Tournaire
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