House MW / The House by the Lake by Ralph Germann architectes

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                                Located in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland, the <a href="http://www.ralphgermann.ch/maison-mw/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">House MW / The House by the Lake</a> was designed by <a href="http://www.ralphgermann.ch/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ralph Germann architectes</a> for a couple with a child. They longed for a house with rooms that looked out to Lake Joux and thanks to the sloped land it was possible.
The couple’s other wish was to build a modern home with a reasonable budget. To make that happen, the architects used a prefab wood construction system for the facades and gables and had them built in a workshop and moved on-site when they were done. The rest of the house was made from concrete, which allowed the prefab parts to be attached to the interior concrete structure. Due to spruce trees being plentiful in the area, they were used to create the facade structure, which is filled with fiberglass insulation and then covered with more spruce. This building method kept costs
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Contemporary Alpine House by Ralph Germann Architectes

Contemporary Alpine House by Ralph Germann Architectes

Set in Fribourg, in the Swiss Pre-Alps, the Contemporary Alpine House was built for a couple who desired a harmonious environment, while also requiring enough space for 20 guests to come and gather. Ralph Germann architects took on the design and spent time in the surrounding area soaking up the local architecture. Inspired by local farmhouses with simple forms and volumes, the home’s design reflects those elements.

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The main materials chosen for the project were: larch (facades, interior furniture, and fixtures), concrete and lime (interior walls).

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The 5 meter high fireplace was custom made and was built with 8mm thick plates of laminated steel.

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With sustainability in mind, they installed a heating system that uses a wood pellet stove.

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The kitchen comes with simple concrete islands that provide plenty of counter space and break up all the white cabinets.

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Contemporary Alpine House by Ralph Germann Architectes in architecture Category

I love how the stairs have embedded lighting so you’ll easily find your way to the kitchen for a midnight snack.

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A super long library space was custom built on the second floor of the residence to house their collection of books. Windows let you enjoy the light and view while you sit and read a book at the counter.

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In the basement, they’ve designed a 20 meter long swimming pool and spa area.

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When entering, you’ll spot one of the key features to the house – a 35 meter long wall sculpture created by Swiss artist Thierry Kupferschmid that’s made of Corten steel.

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Photos by Lionel Henriod.








Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home

The homeowner of this Swiss arsenal that was built during World War II wanted to transform this former army building into a livable space. Turning to Ralph Germann architectes for the renovation, they were able to keep many of the building’s historical details while creating a modern, studio-type home in the mountains.

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Germann started by inserting a glass cube within the old wooden structure which meant nothing had to be done to the inside walls. He was also able to preserve the roof and additional details like the sign on the wall.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Keeping in mind the historic nature of the building, only simple materials, like larch, slate, glass, and metal, were used. The lines were also kept clean helping to give the residence a timeless chalet feel.

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The glass skylight gives view to the original wood ceiling, helping to bring some of the original character into the interior.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

The exterior opens up in the form of big solid doors allowing light to filter through the enclosed glass cube and into the interior.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Another cube was installed to house the bathroom, cupboards, and also the Murphy bed which help to optimize the living space.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

To contrast with the white and wooden tones throughout, they threw some unexpected color in the form of fuchsia.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Photographer: Lionel Henriod / mc2
Photo Stylist: Patricia Schmid
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Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home

The homeowner of this Swiss arsenal that was built during World War II wanted to transform this former army building into a livable space. Turning to Ralph Germann architectes for the renovation, they were able to keep many of the building’s historical details while creating a modern, studio-type home in the mountains.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Germann started by inserting a glass cube within the old wooden structure which meant nothing had to be done to the inside walls. He was also able to preserve the roof and additional details like the sign on the wall.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Keeping in mind the historic nature of the building, only simple materials, like larch, slate, glass, and metal, were used. The lines were also kept clean helping to give the residence a timeless chalet feel.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

The glass skylight gives view to the original wood ceiling, helping to bring some of the original character into the interior.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

The exterior opens up in the form of big solid doors allowing light to filter through the enclosed glass cube and into the interior.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Another cube was installed to house the bathroom, cupboards, and also the Murphy bed which help to optimize the living space.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

To contrast with the white and wooden tones throughout, they threw some unexpected color in the form of fuchsia.

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Former Army Building Becomes a Modern Mountain Home in interior design architecture Category

Photographer: Lionel Henriod / mc2
Photo Stylist: Patricia Schmid
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Arsenal B47 / Ralph Germann architectes

Architects: Ralph Germann architectes
Location: Valais,
Interior Designer: Ralph Germann architectes
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lionel Henriod

From the architect. The owner of the arsenal wanted to convert this former Swiss army building, constructed during the Second World War, into a habitable space.

Architect Ralph Germann’s transformation involved inserting a glass cube into the old structure, an option which meant he didn’t have to touch the patina of the walls, and was able to preserve the roof and some historic details such as the “charge maximum 1500 kg au m2”[maximum load 1500 kg/m2] sign on the wall.

Whilst wishing to preserve this testimony to the past, the architect retained only simple materials – noble and solid – including larch, slate, glass and metal. And by interpreting them using clean, pure lines, he has given the chalet a timeless feel. To avoid sliding into an atmosphere of austerity, Ralph Germann has added an unexpected touch of colour behind the cloakroom door: a bold shade of fuchsia.

This design, functional above all else, places the emphasis on light and space. To achieve the second, the architect has designed another cube – but in wood this time. Set within the heart of the glass structure, it houses the WCs, cupboards, and even the bed, which folds up when not in use. This optimises space in this area, which measures only 49 m2.

A large picture window – that can be concealed or revealed thanks to double wooden doors – and a long, horizontal window ensure excellent lighting.

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