in the tourist resort of haute-nendaz, in switzerland, lionel ballmer has built a small wooden house and his workshop, among hundred-year-old trees planted by the ancestors of customers. the smallness of the plot sculpts the volume of the house which takes the form of a simple monolith covered with a cladding made of local raw larch blades. the structure benefits from a warm natural aspect and an intimate character, while blending harmoniously with the plant environment.
all images courtesy of julie masson
outside, lionel ballmer divided the land into two parts, in order to generate an intimate central garden, which is apparently cut off from its surroundings but still close to the neighboring chalet and the summer camp building. inside the house, a central staircase serves as the backbone of the project, serving five half-levels, each made up of two distinct spaces. common areas occupy lower floors, while more private rooms are located on upper levels. this interior labyrinth opens onto a succession of “little worlds”, thus creating the impression of living in a larger place than it actually is.
from a constructive point of view, the entire framework – interior partitions, perimeter walls, slabs, roofing and furniture – is made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) of locally sourced spruce. meanwhile, prefabricated wood panels cover the entire house. the homogeneity of the materials used is a tribute to ancient mountain constructions. it creates a strong contrast with the exterior vegetation while providing visual relief from the succession of small spaces. technically, the heating and hot water are produced by a pellet boiler. radiators placed under the furniture distribute the heat evenly in each room. a wood stove in the living room can take over from the heat production of the boiler in winter. in summer, the trees bordering the plot create large areas of shade that keep the building cool during seasonal heatwaves.
Name: the little house in nendaz, switzerland
architect: lionel ballmer
site: haute-nendaz, switzerland
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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | design boom