Inspired by the traditional earthen houses in the region the structure of the house is deceptively simple and traditional yet it offers all the modern comforts one could wish for. A marriage between contrasting styles and architectural principles life here is all about being close to nature.
The house uses a color palette where bright and bold hues are shunned in favor of more serene tones and beautiful neutrals that paint a picture of tranquility. Step inside and one notices the wonderful use of contrasting materials and finishes as wooden slats bright metallic pendants and textured walls come together in a seemingly effortless fashion.
How do you make a beautiful and inviting alpine-style chalet nestled in the heart of the Donner Pass even more amazing? Mork-Ulnes Architects have the solution for you with their design of the exquisite as it feels like an amalgamation of the classic ski cabin and a concrete base that is more common in dashing urban homes.
Concrete wood glass and steel – there is plenty of contrast on offer at this beautiful escape even as each individual element effortlessly combines with the next to create a curated and refined contemporary structure. It is raw concrete that makes up the foundation and base of this modern cottage with white stained wood and glass assuming prominence while crafting the exterior. This gives the structure a refined contemporary appeal even while evoking images of classic chalets in the region that are clad in lime plaster.
On the inside the picture changes dramatically with beautiful treated fir creating a casual relaxing and effervescent ambiance. An open plan living area flanked by a long balcony on one of its sides invites the outdoors inside and offers unabated views of the scenic mountain backdrop.