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Traditional Mountain Home in France Adds Modern Extension

The renovated Chalet SOLEYÂ, a traditional mountain home in Les Houches, France, by Chevallier Architectes is situated on a natural promontory and surrounded by rock faces. The main challenge with this modern extension for the architects was to avoid tampering with the integrity of the original building, while incorporating an updated design, modern materials and sustainable features.

The most prominent change to the structure is the addition of a large living space built specifically for social gatherings. The cantilevered room made of glass and lacquered black aluminum contrasts with the original, low-ceiling, timber structure, which houses the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Extension and garage - modern extension France

The interior design featured in the extension merges rustic elements with contemporary details. Large picture windows showcase the views of the surrounding nature and a deck hot tub and a sauna can be enjoyed all year round. Sustainable features include a green roof, sun-facing façades and high-performance insulating solutions. [Photos and information provided by Chevallier Architectes]

Extension with windows at night - modern extension FranceExterior front facade - modern extension FranceExterior corner of extension - modern extension FranceExterior with chimney - modern extension FranceMain deck with hot tub - modern extension FranceGlass deck with mountains - modern extension FranceNarrow deck perimeter - modern extension FranceExterior corner into living room - modern extension FranceDown stairs - modern extension FranceFuton in basement - modern extension FranceSteam room - modern extension FranceDining room - modern extension FranceKitchen - modern extension FranceBathtub and window - modern extension FranceBathtub and bed - modern extension FranceBathroom sink - modern extension FranceInterior living room - modern extension France

What do you think of the modern extension of this traditional mountain home?

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