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Vallée de Joux Residence by Ralph Germann

By Eric Meunier


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Swiss studio Ralph Germann has designed this two story contemporary home located in the Vallée de Joux, a valley of the Jura Mountains mainly in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland.

Vallée de Joux Residence by Ralph Germann :

“”Secret land for some, the land of the wolf for others, both wild and super industrialized, the Vallée de Joux intrigues, fascinates or repels…” Roger Guignard, Journalist and editor of “Vallée de Joux, Une île à l’envers”.

It is in respect of that situation, this project has been built.

Standing on a plot of 800 square meters, a few steps from the Lake Joux’s shores, an anthracite metallic shell shields the interior life of this house from the famous harsh climate. The vernacular use of this ondulated metal sheet inspired the architect.

The fine-cut openings marked by their larch frame hide away its residents while framing the poetic surrounding scenery. Each living space offers its occupant the opportunity to discover or even to contemplate the nature and the lake of this beautiful valley.

Built with local and environmentally friendly materials (“Minergie” Label) that envelope contains a sleek and minimalist interior. White walls and larch are used in a perfect harmony in order to give a calm atmosphere to the place.

On the ground floor, a large piece of furniture in larch spans from the dining room to the living room covering entirely the common wall. Either library or cabinet, this great item is pierced by two large slits and a glass door giving the desired perspective from inside.

The first floor, accessible by two red lacquered staircases rising on each side of the lobby, is separated into two parts. On one side stands the master bedroom with its bathroom, and on the other side accommodations can be offered to family and guests. These two distinct spaces create a pleasant sense of privacy for anyone staying there.”

Photos by: Lionel Henriod, mc²

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About Eric Meunier

Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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