A Dutch client, entrepreneur, hobby pianist and racing driver, was not entirely satisfied with the cluttered layout of the chalet design that was included purchasing the building plot, and asked our advice on adjustments. SeARCH proposed to start from scratch and tailored the program more compact and site specific (the steep hillside). The 'traditional' chalet, originating from ‘chahtelèt’ (shepherd's hut) consists of a solid wooden house with shutters and gable roof, resting on a stone foundation. In the Swiss Alps, the chalet has gradually become a ‘multi-gabled’ pastiche as luxury ski-chalet or grew to mega proportions with a maximum of apartments for affordable tourism. The most beautiful, historical examples are still the larger (farm) houses for several families, high up in the Alps, used only in summertime.
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