Our design team was invited to rethink a ski
resort apartment in Menuires, France. Located at the far end of a building
built in 1965, it has triple orientation that was not valued by the previous
layout which was too segmented. The request was to realize the
impossible : increase the living space without touching the structure,
create 2 bathrooms instead of the one existing, preserve the number of beds, 8
beds in 55m2, all while maintaining separate circultaions for each.
To maximise the rather tight and constricted
space, we chose to inverse the way of seeing it. Rather than trying to fit the
furniture into the apartment, we decided to fit the apartment into the
furniture ! However absurd this may seem, it immediately alleviated all
the constraints linked to laying out tight spaces.
A large wooden curve runs through the entire
space. It links all functions, creates a large living space and opens up the
panoramic views on the mountains. This furniture-wall incorporates all the necessities
of daily use interlocked into one another. Seating next to storage, stacked
sleeping, a reading corner is attached to an interior window, the kitched is
back to back with a bathroom. It is the furniture element that defines the
space. It is no longer cumbersome, rather it frees up a generous space around
it and maximises it’s primary functionalities.
The secondary system allows to privatise
sleeping areas with curtains that roll into the existing central wall. The
central space is all white, leading into the matching wrapping terrace. The
interior atmosphere is inspired by the mountain and cabin feel, reintepreted in
a contemporary manner. The fun interlocking system is detailed into the
minute such as sleeping spaces that one must climb into it to discover a
reading lamp, a small tablette, storage and a comfortable and peaceful sleeping
The entire installation is treated with a
single and unique material, wood. Light-coloured birch plywood for the interior
spaces and American walnut plywood for the curved wall.
To accentuate the unity of the lived-in
furniture-wall, every aspect of it is detailed from within. From the exterior,
nothing denotes the destiny of this fun cabin in the mountains !