The building in question is a holiday home belonging to a Parisian family. Although a new-build, it was designed according to the aesthetic standards of traditional alpine architecture. The chalet boasts three floors, connected by a stairwell and an indoor lift. The ground floor comprises a garage and utility rooms. The children’s and guest bedrooms are located on the first floor together with the respective bathrooms and the indoor swimming pool, which faces both east and south and enjoys views of the ski slopes. The second and final floor houses the living area with kitchenette and WC. Just three steps up and on a slightly raised level with respect to the living area, we have the master bedroom with an en-suite.
The architect wanted to create a “totem” effect for the fireplace, cladding the body and entire length of the flue in split stone. Positioned precisely in the centre of the living area, the fireplace is an imposing and dominant element within the surrounding context.
To lighten the solid aspect and provide it with more character, a series of square recesses were created asymmetrically within the cladding, using stone protrusions with respect to the main body.
This totemic concept for the body of the fireplace was inspired by the desire to create a centre point within the composition of the living area. – Davide D’Agostino, architect
The heated environment
The fireplace is the central focus of attention within the living area, a space measuring approximately 50 square metres in total, which features tall ceilings with exposed beams, and opens onto mountain vistas through expansive windows.
The decision to opt for a three-sided fireplace means that you can delight in views of the fire from three sides: from the sofas, positioned so as to resemble a horseshoe and located in the area that enjoys the most natural light, but also from the kitchen and sizeable dining table.