Architecture studioBo Design envisioned and implemented the sophisticated Chalet Cyanella, a luxurious mountain cabin located in Megève, French Alps. If you recall, not too long ago we featured another resembling mountain retreat on our site, designed by Paul Bowyer and located in Switzerland. With an exterior defined by wood and plenty of terraces, the project manages to take in the surrounding landscape and deliver it to its guests. An open plan living and dining area sets the tone for a relaxed ambiance, complete with plenty of natural light and good airflow. A central sofa, large enough to accommodate a big family or a large group, acts as an open invite to holiday socializing. The fireplace and chandelier add elegance, as well as aesthetic value. One of the most captivating features of Chalet Cyanella is its swimming pool- be sure to check out the video at the end of the post and tell us what you think!
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
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.