The Bergwelt Development Project is an exclusive development located in Grindelwald, Switzerland, consisting of five apartment buildings, a boutique hotel and seven exclusive chalets. The photos below are just renderings, as the project completion date is in December 2014. According to the official project description, “the chalets will stand in an Alpine meadow of more than 15’000 square meters, lying directly beside the new ski slope with magnificent views of an unparalleled mountain panorama“.
The buyer of the new project will have full flexibility to choose the chalet design and its interior construction and fittings: “You can define your own personal style – modern or traditional – you have full freedom to choose your chalet style. There are a team of architects at your disposal to advise and help you“, explain the current owners. Each of the new constructions comes with a traditional exterior appearance, blending in the perfect mountain landscape. The wooden balconies offer romantic opportunities for guests to contemplate the views.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.