Designed by SeARCH the overall form of Chalet Anzère was inspired by traditional chalet design and construction in this part of Switzerland. Unlike more contemporary and commercial structures with multiple gables the design of this magical modern home is far more ergonomic and suited to the local weather. A garage towards the back of the home offers entry into the fabulous abode with an elevator carved into the mountain connecting its three different levels.
It is the first level that houses the living area along with the kitchen the dining space and the gorgeous garden while the half-sunken basement provides ample parking space a home office and service areas. The third and fourth levels hold the bedrooms and private spaces and also offer both textural and visual contrast with their wood screen and cantilevered form. Refreshing inviting and undoubtedly contemporary it is the box-like design and cubic form that win at House M.
A style like Scandinavian perfectly lends itself to green design because of its innate simplicity practicality and emphasis on the minimal aspect of design. This is precisely why APPAREIL architecture opted for a modern Nordic look as they revamped an old home in Montreal to create a sustainable elegant and energetic home that is full of cheer.
The multi-level house uses windows in an efficient fashion to improve both the smartness of the interior and to give it a more airy open appeal. Large sliding and folding glass doors connect various rooms with the large deck and pool area that becomes the new ‘social zone’ of the private home.
A neutral color palette coupled with French honey-colored limestone shapes the new light-filled living area kitchen and dining space. It is additions like the Tom Dixon pendants in black along with the ornate gold-framed mirrors and glittering accessories that give the London residence a fresh yet timeless aura.
But that is not where the many eco-friendly traits of this house end. Every little element has been carefully put in place to enhance its overall ‘green quotient’ and absolutely nothing is random or coincidental. Large glass windows and sliding glass doors bring in plenty of natural light along with cleverly placed skylights even as the open lower-level living area charms with its cool sunken living room. With a dining area and kitchen that are equally relaxing and yet unassuming you have an interior where less is definitely more.
The top level has been altered into a mezzanine level with the private spaces that embrace the Nordic flavor and ergonomics of the living area. A custom wooden staircase with glass railing steals the show in this exquisite Montreal home even as the small outdoor deck promises relaxing evenings throughout the warmer months.