Do you recall the White Pearl Chalet we published on our site a few weeks ago? Here is another striking retreat in the French Alps with a design that will probably not leave you indifferent. Built by Philippe Capezzone, the chalet was especially developed to meet the travelers’ expectations when it comes to luxury and comfort. The project has a total surface of 3,330 square feet and can accommodate up to ten guests in its five bedrooms.
According to the official description, the villa features “a wonderful mix of contemporary design mingled with traditional Savoyard stone and classic woodwork paneling and beautifully finished with many designer materials and furnishings. The sitting area with its huge armchairs and comfortable sofas has a large open stone fire and is equipped with the latest flat screen LED television, Bose Sound system, DVD player, WIFI and iPod Dock. Picture windows lead onto a sunny terrace and there is also an open plan dining area“. Find its interiors holiday-inspiring?
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.