It’s New, It’s Old, It’s A Chalet: Villa Solaire by JKA and FUGA

Villa Solaire by FUGA and JKA
Villa Solaire by FUGA and JKA

Villa Solaire by FUGA and JKA

Last week we looked at what happens when built work gets old. We saw work that got old to the clients rather quickly, old work documented across continents long after intended use, work that is getting older and more public, and a new future for an aging office complex. What you see here is a farmhouse from the nineteenth century that has a new purpose and appearance.

I’m not fancy enough to know what the proper definition of a Chalet is, but allegedly this is an example of one, but it may better be described as a luxury rental unit for folks visiting Morzine, France. The original farmhouse was built in 1826, which is insanely old to me as an American (there were only 24 states at the time!) The architects responsible for the structure’s revival, JKA and FUGA have been mindful of the significance of such an old structure– the town declared it a landmark – and used architectural vocabulary from yesteryear to inform their work.

“In typical Alpine barns the gaps between disjointed wooden planks would allow air to circulate round drying hay, but at Villa Solaire the gaps between each panel simply let extra light into the rooms inside.”

Alex Dent

December 17, 2012 / By