This unique project is located in the alpine village of Courchevel 1850, in the French Alps. The chalet is one of the few new buildings built in the village in recent times and is designed in the traditional vernacular of the Alps. The volumetric organisation and architectural elements of the design follow the picturesque tradition of varying volumes with different orientation placed specifically to respond to the panoramic site conditions, prevailing winds and light as well as long views to and from the building.
The building is designed to follow the gradient of the mountain so as to blend in harmony with the landscape. The solid pine rafters, trussed and other timberwork on the façade and the interiors as well as the roof have been designed in the local vernacular and executed by craftsmen who have maintained the tradition for generations. The wall as are a combination of solid stone coursed rubble and cement render.
This house in Kuwait is designed in the tradition of the courtyard houses which is the traditional typology of the houses in the region, this type has been lost as a model with the advent of hermetically sealed buildings and increasing reliance on artificial environment controls. The plan of the building revolves around a central fountain court which leads to an semi open court and to the garden beyond.
The volumes are stacked and the fenestration responds to the prevailing climatic conditions with lattice work windows and shuttered openings providing shade and comfort. The predominantly massive masonry lime stone walls keep the building cool in the summer months . .
The proportion of the traditional Islamic arches and decorative mouldings and motifs of the facades highlight the architectural character of the building of being distinctly form the Persian Gulf region in contrast to the North African or Mediterranean variations
Architects: Alireza Sagharchi at Stanhope Gate