"The design of the apartment is inspired by a melting snowfield in spring, when nature slowly revives from winter and offers a contrast of cold and warm, white and colored. This atmosphere is translated into architecture by hand-plastered and white shells covering walls and the ceiling to create a seamless space.The curves of the interior responds resonate the landscape of mountains and valleys outside while also guides visitors throughout the apartment.
Partially cut by wooden boxes, the white shells infuse warmth and nature into the space for relaxing, conversing and displaying artwork. The walls are lifted up 5cm and backlit, separating the white shells and wooden fir-floor. The upper parts of the shells are partly cut and backlit by LEDs as well.
The shells flow through the space, blending the hallway, public areas and private rooms. The apartment features 7 bedrooms, a large cloakroom and storage for the skiing equipment, several bathrooms and a large living room in its center. The curved walls guide the guests to a spiral staircase, which leads to formal living and dining spaces upstairs with access to a large roof terrace.
Using plaster is very common element in the north of China and has a long tradition, which can be seen in the accurate details in the apartment. Using the local knowledge of the craftmen's technique of how to use plaster for double curved walls (instead of CNC milled panels), gives the apartment a very natural and honest ambience.
A network of heating pipes is resting behind the plastered shells and emits its warmth through the walls into the apartement.The warmness together with the handcrafted finish of the shells provide a very haptic and cozy feeling to the guests, when they return from a cold day on the skiing slopes."