If your idea of paradise includes sipping a cup of hot chocolate in front of the majestic Swiss Alps, then this tranquil renovated shelter is certain to fire up your happy thoughts. Located at 6,069 feet in the Herens district, what was once a shelter for livestock has been gently converted into a solar-powered family retreat. As part of a collective of similar shelters interspersed throughout these awe-inspiring mountains, the upgrade, by Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects sustainably reinvents what is no less than the rustic getaway spot of our dreams.
Locally-acquired sanded concrete was used to give the near-dilapidated shelter a little more structure and stability without compromising the original design, and the building was left completely free of decoration save the incredible view. Most of the heat and cooking is sourced from firewood, while the electricity is delivered by a single solar panel at the back of the home. It’s impossible to not feel jealous of the family who gets to call this amazing place their second home!