Bernardo Bader references traditional Alpine architecture in larch-clad home for an art collector

Bernardo Bader Architects has reinterpreted the traditional Alpine chalet using concrete and larch wood to create a home for an art and antique furniture collector on the edge of a village in the Appenzell region of the Swiss Alps. The Austrian practice was commissioned to create the house on the site of a farmhouse that had been

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Pinecone-shaped treehouse in the Dolomites allows visitors to sleep under the stars

A circular skylight in the tip of this pinecone-shaped treehouse by architect Claudio Beltrame in the Italian Alps allows the occupant to gaze up into the starry sky at night. The structure located in the town of Ugovizza in the Dolomites is available as a holiday let. Italian architect Claudio Beltrame created the treehouse in the shape of a

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Pedevilla Architects adds angular blackened-larch extension to hotel in South Tyrol

Italian studio Pedevilla Architects has completed an extension to a traditional Alpine hotel, comprising a monolithic blackened-timber volume with windows that jut from the walls and roof to optimise mountain views. Pedevilla Architects developed the six-storey extension for the Bühelwirt hotel, which is situated in the Ahrntal commune of northern Italy, just three kilometres from the Klausberg ski area.

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World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge traverses a Swiss valley

Brave hikers in the Swiss Alps can now walk almost half a kilometre across this thin metal suspension bridge to reach trails on either side of a huge valley. The Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke, also known as the Europe Bridge, gently swoops across Switzerland’s deepest valley, which stretches between the popular ski resorts of Zermatt and

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Drone footage captures Zaha Hadid’s mountaintop museum in South Tyrol

This video shot by drone captures the late Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum, which is half buried into the peak of an Alpine mountain in Italy. The footage offers a drone’s eye view of the large volumes of the museum, which appear to burst through the rockface of Mount Kronplatz at 2,275 metres above sea level. Dezeen commissioned videographer Alaïa Fonk to

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Studio Razavi reinterprets traditional chalet architecture with Mountain House in the Alps

By pairing raw concrete with warm timber, French office Studio Razavi hoped to give a contemporary feel to this Alpine chalet home, while also complying with strict local architecture guidelines. Mountain House is a single-family home situated in the village of Manigod in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France, a popular ski destination. The region has very strict controls

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Monolithic concrete house by Bergmeisterwolf emerges from an Alpine hillside

This bunker-like house in South Tyrol by local studio Bergmeisterwolf features an angular cutout that shelters a balcony overlooking the nearby valley. The house is situated next to a farmhouse occupied by the owner’s parents on a sloping site near the village of Neustift and close to the border with Austria. The building rises above

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Andreas Gruber embeds minimal concrete house into Tyrolean hillside

A three-storey house made entirely of concrete has been set into the steep slope of the Eisack Valley in South Tyrol by local architect Andreas Gruber. The mountainous setting in northern Italy came with a number of restrictions and regulations, which called for an innovative design that was sympathetic to its Alpine surroundings. “The special climatic conditions in

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Anako Architecture completes “fortress-like” concrete house in an Alpine town

This robust concrete house in the Swiss town of Savièse steps down the side of a hill and contains rooms lining internal patios that look out towards the nearby mountains. Local studio Anako Architecture designed the property for a gently sloping plot that is overlooked by neighbouring detached houses. The proximity of the surrounding homes prompted the architects to

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Glass walls frame vineyard views from Modostudio’s mountain retreat

An abundance of gridded glazing aims to make the most of the spectacular views over Italy’s Adige Valley from this secluded mountain cabin by Modostudio. Italian architects Modostudio designed the 141-square-metre Mountain Retreat for a site close to Bozen in the Alps of South Tyrol. The two-storey dwelling features an inverted pitched roof. It also abuts an old stone

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Three blackened-wood huts cantilever from mountain restaurant by Peter Pichler and Pavol Mikolajcak

A trio of glass-fronted gables project from this mountain restaurant that architects Peter Pichler and Pavol Mikolajcak have designed for skiers in the South Tyrolean Dolomites. Italian architects Pichler and Mikolajcak designed the Oberholz Mountain Hut restaurant for the Oberholz ski resort. Set on a small mound, it has its own direct connection to the ski slope. Located at 2000 metres in

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Lorenzo Guzzini references Japanese tea houses with simple home in Italian alps

The pyramidal roof of this house near Italy’s Lake Como takes cues from traditional Japanese tea houses, and is slanted to allow low winter sun to reach the rustic interior. The property is situated on a small hillside plot surrounded by woodland on the edge of the village of Dizzasco, from which it overlooks a

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Slovenian holiday home by Prima features glass, larch and aluminium walls

A pair of gabled blocks nestle into a snow-covered slope in a Slovenian ski resort to form this holiday home by Ljubljana studio Prima. Architects Jernej Prijon and Vid Razinger designed the 180-square-metre holiday home for spot on the outskirts Kranjska Gora, an Alpine resort around an hour’s drive from the capital. To fit the residence to the sloping terrain,

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Marte.Marte Architects uses concrete and wood for Alpine veterinary practice

A large wooden door forms the entrance to this concrete live-in equine veterinary practice in western Austria, which was designed by Marte.Marte Architects. Feldkirch-based practice Marte.Marte Architects was tasked with creating one building suited to the vet’s work and life, including an in-house pharmacy, treatment rooms, laboratory and stables, as well as private living quarters. Located on a site where Rankweil village meets the Rhine

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Glass-bottomed pool by NOA projects out from Alpine hotel

A glazed panel in the base of this cantilevered swimming pool by architecture studio NOA gives bathers dramatic views of the South Tyrolean Dolomites. NOA created the 25-metre-long pool for Hotel Hubertus, a holiday resort for skiers and hikers in the Italian province of South Tyrol. It is located at the foot of Kronplatz mountain with impressive views of the surrounding Dolomites

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Copper scales cover fire station in French Alps by Studio Gardoni Architectures

Panels of shimmering copper form the scaly skin of this fire station in Chamonix, which is designed by Studio Gardoni Architectures to reflect the massive Alpine peaks that rise behind it. The Chamonix fire station is located in the valley of the Massif of Mont Blanc – a mountain range in the Alps bordering France, Italy and Switzerland. Lyon studio Studio Gardoni Architectures wanted

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Yonder’s Haus P is an Alpine chalet with a courtyard carved out of its middle

This holiday home by Stuttgart firm Yonder is designed to look like a traditional Alpine house, but with a huge chasm carved out of its middle (+ slideshow). Yonder designed the three-storey Haus P for a site in the mountainous Allgäu region of southern Germany. The maximum building size allowed by the local planning office was a More

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Pedevilla Architects creates rose-hued fire station for an Alpine village

Italian studio Pedevilla Architects has used red pigmented concrete to give an Alpine fire station in South Tyrol a muted yet distinctive colouring (+ slideshow). The building’s pigmented concrete shell is intended as a twist on the fire station’s traditional blazing red colouring, and a spiralling staircase replaces the customary fireman’s pole. “All surfaces have been realised with pigmented More

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Studio Inches adds concrete and granite gallery to Alpine art museum

A year after transforming an old house into a gallery at the foot of the Swiss Alps, architect Matteo Inches has extended the building with a new concrete and granite gallery (+ slideshow). Studio Inches was approached in 2012 by the 80-year-old daughter of late Swiss artist and archaeologist Aldo Crivelli to create the MeCri Museum, which occupies a More

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Alastair Philip Wiper finds “noble failure” at Breuer’s Brutalist French ski resort of Flaine

Photo essay: why do so many people hate the Brutalist architecture of Flaine? To find out, photographer Alastair Philip Wiper travelled to the Marcel Breuer-designed ski resort in the French Alps often referred to as “phlegm”. Flaine was commissioned in the 1960s by a couple fascinated with Modern architecture. They invited the Hungarian architect to create More

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Arhitektura Krušec arranges House on Golo to frame trio of Alpine mountain ranges

This fair-faced concrete house was designed by Arhitektura Krušec to look like rocks emerging from a sloped meadow facing the Slovenian Alps (+ slideshow). The Slovenia-based studio wanted to impact the landscape as little as possible and capitalise on surrounding views with its design for House on Golo. The home was divided into a trio of volumes on different levels, which respond to both the topography More

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Corrugated copper villa by Camillo Botticini Architetto frames Alpine views

A panoramic window surrounded by a faceted wood and corrugated copper frame dominates the facade of this Alpine residence by Camillo Botticini Architetto (+ slideshow). Set in a clearing near the Passo del Cavallo, a high Alpine pass in Italy’s Brescia province, Alps Villa is framed by a open valley to the south and the peaks of the Alps to the north. The More

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Movie: Alpine Shelter by OFIS and Harvard students airlifted onto Slovenia’s Skuta Mountain

This movie by film studio Carniolus shows how the Slovenian army used a helicopter to airlift the various components of an Alpine cabin to its mountainside location. First revealed on Dezeen in late 2015, Alpine Shelter Skuta was designed by Harvard University students Frederick Kim, Katie MacDonald and Erin Pellegrino during a workshop hosted by Rok More

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Faceted home in the Swiss Alps by JM Architects is covered in dark grey tiles

Mottled grey tiles envelop this angular house in the Swiss Alps, which was designed by Milanese firm JM Architecture to look “like a stone in the landscape” (+ slideshow). The jagged form and colouring of Montebar Villa were devised by Jacopo Mascheroni to help the home settle into its mountainous terrain in Medeglia. The house sits on the edge of a slope above a valley […]

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Messner Architects completes a top-heavy mini-market in an Italian alpine village

This mini-market in the Italian mountain village of Collalbo is topped with an oversized roof that makes it look like a petrol station (+ slideshow). Local studio Messner Architects designed the mini-market for a plot surrounded by meadows and houses typical of this Alpine region in South Tyrol near Italy’s northern border. Situated at the back of its plot, away from […]

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Slovenian mountain cabin by OFIS and Harvard students shelters climbers from extreme weather

Airlifted into position by the Slovenian army, this tiny Alpine shelter perches on a rocky outcrop below Skuta Mountain and can sleep up to eight mountaineers (+ slideshow). Informed by traditional Alpine architecture, the concrete-clad cabin takes on a pitched-roof form and has glazed gables that give vertiginous views of a Slovenian mountain range. Alpine Shelter Skuta was […]

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Holzhaus am Auerbach features projecting terraces that extend the living space outdoors

Raised terraces cantilever out from both sides of this Alpine retreat by architects Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck, allowing occupants to extend their dining room into the garden (+ slideshow). Named Holzhaus am Auerbach, the house is located in a small village in Upper Bavaria, Germany. Arnhard and Eck built it as their own vacation home, but […]

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Zaha Hadid buries a museum in the peak of an Alpine mountain

Zaha Hadid has completed a museum for renowned climber Reinhold Messner at the top of Alpine peak Mount Kronplatz, featuring underground galleries and a viewing platform cantilevered over a valley (+ slideshow). The Messner Mountain Museum Corones is the final instalment in a series of six mountaintop museums built by Messner – the first climber to […]

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Snøhetta wins competition for cable car and Alpine viewing platform in Italy

Architecture firm Snøhetta has designed a pair of ring-shaped platforms linked by a cable car, which will offer expansive views of the Alps to residents and visitors in Bolzano, Italy. The cable car will scale the Virgolo cliff in the foothills of the Alps, reestablishing a link that was broken when the town’s previous cable […]

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Mariano Dallago’s Camera Obscura creates a projected “postcard” of the Dolomites

Photographer Mariano Dallago has installed a giant camera obscura on top of a hill as part of an exhibition in the mountainous Italian province of South Tyrol (+ movie). Dallago’s Camera Obscura is an optical device that consists of a box with a hole in one side. Light entering the hole is projected onto an […]

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Herzog & de Meuron completes a mountain-top restaurant around a cable-car station

Architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has reframed the cable-car station on the top of Switzerland’s Chäserrugg mountain by enveloping it within a wooden restaurant building (+ slideshow). Located in a ski resort within Switzerland’s Toggenburg region, the Chäserrugg building stands at the peak of the mountain at an altitude of approximately 2,260 metres. It completely surrounds the 1970s-built cable […]

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Mountain View House nestles against a hillside in the Austrian Alps

Two house-shaped rooms project out from the facade of this three-storey residence by SoNo Arhitekti, which nestles into a hillside near an Austrian Alpine village (+ slideshow). Named Mountain View House, the family residence is located in close vicinity to the Kitzbuehel skiing resort. Its position near the top of the hill allows for impressive views, so the house was designed to […]

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House at Mill Creek by Pedevilla Architects features a homogenous off-white exterior

Tasked with designing a “small but prestigious residence” in an Alpine village, Italian studio Pedevilla Architects planned an asymmetric house with a chalky-white exterior (+ slideshow). House at Mill Creek provides a home for a family on the edge of a river in Campo Tures, northern Italy. Responding to the scenic setting, Pedevilla Architects planned a […]

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Studio Inches renovates Alpine house to create a private gallery

An old house perched at the foot of the Swiss Alps has been converted into a museum and gallery to exhibit the work of a local artist. Architect Matteo Inches was approached by the 80-year-old daughter of late Swiss artist and archaeologist Aldo Crivelli to create the gallery, named MeCri Museum. It hosts exhibitions of her father’s drawings and paintings, as well as temporary displays of […]
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Mountain hideaway hidden inside a concrete boulder in the Alps

Swiss studio Bureau A has concealed a wooden cabin inside an artificial rock and transported it to a remote site in the Swiss Alps. Bureau A, a studio led by architects Leopold Banchini and Daniel Zamarbide, designed the mountain shelter to pay tribute to the central character in the novel Derborence by Swiss writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz. […]
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