Les Esserts

Soaked in sun and snow, surrounded by the gripping landscape of Verbier, this ski in ski out chalet was renovated for an international family. The original 1970s chalet was given a new narrative, to this family who used to spend their holidays there as kids. It changed to being very quirky with little rooms, windows and low ceiling to focus on bringing natural light in, with big openings, feeling closer and in tune with the surrounding nature. Where traditional architecture used to protect the inhabitants from the perils of nature, it now welcomes it into our daily lives. The large stone fireplace was cut from a local quarry and unites chalet traditions with new technologies. The limestone finishes on the walls and the overall palette harmonizes with the surrounding nature. Silk rugs, cashmere curtains add softness and an understated luxurious feel. A big heart from a film set as a symbol for home that brings a family together. The mountain ruggedness finds its place by adding simple primitive pieces and the organic lines of handcrafted elements.
Slate roof keep the feature of a traditional chalet. Eclectic and naturally worn by the nature pieces find their new place inside, like stone garden ornaments or outdoor Eternit decorations with their deliberately untouched lichen.

Residential project: 2015
Category : Mountain Verbier
Photography: J.WILSON