When the town of Mizoen in the French Alps needed an information center, they called upon Hérault Arnod Architectes. Rather than building a typical wooden chalet, the firm created a unique corten steel shelter that pops out of the surrounding rock. Over the years the center's durable facade has weathered to a reddish rust color that matches traces of iron oxide present on its ‘host’ rock.
Hérault Arnod Architectes wanted to create a cultural link between the worlds of nature and industry in the mountains of Mizoen. The Mizoen Information Point blends in with its natural surroundings, and its materiality draws upon the industrial history of the Alps. An industrial boiler works company carried out the project – the shelter’s different components were prefabricated in a workshop and assembled on site in only a week.
Located 20 feet above ground, the building serves as an information point and a lookout tower that provides amazing views of the lake and the Alpine forests. Anchored within its rocky ‘host’, the cabin is held aloft by 65-foot tie rods driven into the cliff. It’s exterior shell is made of welded sheets of raw corten steel that get rustier with time and blend into the mountainous environment – especially in autumn!
Photos by Hérault Arnod Architectes