JKA and FUGA from France teamed up to restore this gorgeous 19th century alpine farmhouse in France. Now a rental villa for up to 16 occupants, Villa Solaire boasts striking timber cladding that was hand-carved by a local carpenter in keeping with the region's iconic vernacular architecture. The original skeleton remains intact and a series of interventions have ensured that plenty of daylight can penetrate the once-inky interior.
Using the same traditional technique used to aerate hay, JFK and FUGA have left gaps between the spruce cladding to bring in natural light. This combined with cut outs on all sides of the building ensures that very little artificial lighting will be required during the day. But the design team’s light play doesn’t end there. Cutouts in the facade mimic the shadows cast by surrounding buildings – like a Sundial, they say.
Inside the eco-luxe villa retains the warmth and character of a farmhouse, with the rooftop slate shingles recycled as tiles around an indoor wading pool and exposed timber beams, in a contemporary setting. But by far the most impressive aspect of this gorgeous restoration project is the spruce cladding, which was carefully sourced a year in advance and lovingly worked by a local craftsman.
Images via Julien Lanoo