Transformation À Charrat / Clavienrossier Architectes

© Roger Frei

Architects: Clavienrossier Architectes
Location: Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Roger Frei

© Roger Frei

Situated away from the village, this house included an adjacent barn and had a too vast volume to be renewed in its totally. Only elements which can easily be reused were preserved, cellars and floors of the pre-existent house. The rest was demolished.


Volumes of visible tinted replaced the double-sided roof and the transformed area. the big openings so created allow the light to penetrate more generously. The geometry of the superstructures results both from a formal desire and from a will to remove the wall thickness. The various-slopes faces enhance the highly varied game of the shadows throughout the day. The are no corridors.

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

Circulation is made along the external wall, from room to room. The overall view continues beyond the windows, opening onto the surrounding landscape.

Cite: "Transformation À Charrat / Clavienrossier Architectes" 14 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Holcim Awards

    This is a wonderful, simple, and elegant reuse of an existing structure. I love the simple materials and natural lit interiors. Fantastic design.

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  • Komarovska

    I like the exterior disign of upper floors, it recalls the Czech Cubism))

  • JJ

    I am in love with this house.

  • papanoa

    absolutely great !

  • jg

    just great!

  • jim manjooran

    the mix on the elevations….of the contemporary upper floor with the traditonal stone work of the lower floors has worked very well…surely an example of how contemporary architeture can still retain a traditional flavour…this is good work..

  • Adam

    Great design, love the textures in elevations and the simplicity in the drawings. Fresh mountain air.