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Ralph Germann architectes | Contemporary Alpine House

Architecture Ralph Germann architectes | Contemporary Alpine House

Ralph Germann architectes designed this alpine house for a couple who wished to live in a harmonious environment, but there was a prerequisite that it could also comfortably handle gatherings of 20 persons. The architects approached the brief by visiting the surroundings, observing the vernacular architecture of these pre-alps. The overall design was inspired by the simplicity of forms and volumes of the local farms. Ralph Germann architectes selected three key materials for the project: larch (facades, interior furniture and fixtures), concrete and lime (interior walls).

Ralph Germann architectes | Contemporary Alpine House

© Lionel Henriod

Ralph Germann architectes | Contemporary Alpine House

© Lionel Henriod

The house was designed as ecological as possible, installing a heating system that uses a wood pellet stove. One of the most impressive features of the house is the 35m long “Wall sculpture” realized by Swiss artist Thierry Kupferschmid in Corten steel, which brings poetry to the entrance alley. Some furniture and all interior fixtures were custom built for the house. A 12m long library was designed on the 2nd floor and the 5m high fireplace in the in the living area has been built with 8mm thick plates of laminated steel. The basement of the house incorporates a spa area and a 20 meter long swimming pool.

Ralph Germann architectes | Contemporary Alpine House

© Lionel Henriod

Ralph Germann architectes | Contemporary Alpine House

© Lionel Henriod

Ralph Germann architectes

Founded in 2002 by Ralph Germann, Ralph Germann architectes is a multidisciplinary practice based in Vevey, Switzerland with a team of seven collaborators. The firm is active in various fields from architecture to furniture design. Its architecture can be defined in two words : aesthetics and functionality. From uncluttered or monastic interior to vernacular architecture, its site specific projects create clever interiors where minimalism means comfort.

Ralph Germann architectes | Contemporary Alpine House

© Lionel Henriod

Ralph Germann architectes | Contemporary Alpine House

© Lionel Henriod

The designed buildings are also dotted with unique furniture, customized for each space, underlying the views and perspectives as the main assets of these projects.

Location: Swiss pre-alps / Fribourg, Switzerland
Architecture and interior design: Ralph Germann architectes
Project name: Contemporary Alpine House
Photography: Lionel Henriod
Size: 900 m2
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