Located in the Swiss Alps, in the municipality of Gryon, Chalet Noisettes needed an upgrade that would extend the living spaces and bring the century-old log cabin up to date. Swiss architectural studio Lacroix Chessexstarted renovating the chalet and extending its beautified modern shape to accommodate the inhabitant’s needs. This renovation brought a new life to both the cabin and its surroundings, unifying the modern design with the existing one. Natural larch was artificially aged to construct an interesting blend with the old building. Extending the cabin meant more room for the family and guests and a new modern appeal. Colors were slightly adjusted on the exterior, while the interior received a dynamic use of vivid shades in the private zone. The living areas were kept natural and in perfect balance with the natural surrounding colors. The improved Chalet Noisettes now welcomes family and friends with five bedrooms and two bathrooms and a challenging design combining old and new.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic