Focus in the Swiss Alps
The Gyrofocus takes center stage at Chalet Anzere
When envisioning a ski chalet, certain images spring to mind; a wooden exterior, gabled snow-capped roof, roaring fireplace and balconies to breathe in the grandeur of the ski-field surrounds.
When Dutch architecture firm SeARCH was approached to create a chalet overlooking the Dent Blanche Massif and over 4,000 peaks of the Matterhorn, the stereotypical chalet structure was simply not an option.
Instead, drawing from more traditional elements, they created the Chalet Anzere, a modern, folding structure embedded into the steep Swiss Alps hillside. Combining concrete, uncoated wood and large glass windows, the interior has a calming and open feel, yet the exterior channels the larger farmhouse style of neighbouring homes.
Spread over three floors, the Gyrofocus suspended fireplace holds center court in the chalet’s middle living area. Suspended over a raised concrete hearth, it creates a pivoting center for both the communal lounge and dining spaces.
The result is a modern home that’s both spacious and warming in its design and layout. A creation that paves a clear evolution from the traditional, yet respectfully blends into its surrounds.