Imagine waking up to breathtaking views of the snow-covered Alps—that’s reality for the lucky owners of this holiday home on the Rigi, Scheidegg in Switzerland. Designed by AFGH Architects, the timber house is carefully perched on a sloping site to take in awesome views of the landscape. The beautiful contemporary interior is lined with light-colored wood and filled with bright sunlight reflected by the snowy surroundings.
AFGH Architects constructed a concrete cellar to anchor the holiday home to the sloped site. The cellar, which contains the entrance and technical servicing, was then topped with a wooden, ship-like volume. The three-story, 2,600-square-foot building was sited on the edge of the property to maximize the distance between neighboring houses.
The building’s spatial division was derived from its kinked floor shape plan, and different ceiling heights further delineate the spaces. The kitchen, for instance, was designed with a low ceiling to evoke the spatial characteristics of the low parlors in traditional mountain huts. A spacious living room with long panoramic windows spreads out over two floors and an open fireplace was located at the widest spot in the room.