Ralph Germann Architects designed the 'Contemporary Alpine House' for a couple in Fribourg, Swiss Pre-Alps.
The couple's main requirement was a harmonious environment. To establish such an environment, the architects decided to update the simple form of the local farmhouses. Using larch for the facades, furniture and fixtures, and concrete and lime for the interior walls, the architects created a balanced space that was reflective of the surrounding architectures, but more modern.
Inside the home, the architects installed a custom-made fireplace, made of laminated steel, along with a wooden pellet stove that heats the interior in a sustainable manner. The second floor features a lengthy library space, which was specially built to allow the residents to enjoy the natural light and views.