Two of everything

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Two of everything

Serre Chevalier is a mountain region in its purest form, a collection of 13 villages and traditional hamlets in the Hautes Alpes area. Locations where time seems to have stood still and visitors are welcomed with creative offers of holidays, wellbeing and enjoyment.

The chalets in particular have been designed in line with the oldest traditions, and convey the highest notions of comfort and wellbeing. They offer sophisticated settings and an alpine lifestyle, with first class services to meet the high-end requirements of international guests. The architect Alessandro Rovagna has prioritised wood and natural materials to create spectacular settings. His approach combines technical expertise and an inventive ability to 'mould' material to the design and the design to the material. These two stunning chalets in the heart of La Salle Les Alpes village, constructed completely of wood on long narrow land, are perfectly situated facing south, with a splendid view of the Serre Chevalier ski runs.

The design complies with the most stringent local architectural requirements, and fits perfectly into the natural environment and the urban setting. The shape and external cladding must comply with precise specifications, such as the ridge on the southern gable, which is a typical feature on houses in the area. A particular ratio of façade materials must also be observed, therefore in addition to the cladding in larch wood, there is a stone and mortar base made using Geopietra.

Geopietra wall also fits in with the spirit of the design with its timeless charm. The architect Rovagna appreciated the stone sizes and shades in the Ono Degno model. With a good understanding of how the technical implementation is inseparable from the final look of the design, the special over-grout finish with natural GeoBi mortar was selected. The naturalness of the solution is striking, not to mention the careful mix of greys and browns with subtle hues of rust and moss. The walls are in harmony with the quality wood finish, as with authentic architecture, where materials, shape, volumes and solutions used blend together and complement each other.

The attention to detail in the large, bright modern interior, the natural beauty of the exposed timber structure, and the original, understated furnishings are stunning. The twin chalets are connected via an underground tunnel and share an amazing swimming pool (swimming lane), sauna, Turkish bath and cinema room/discotheque. Negli interni, ampi, luminosi e moderni, di nuovo ci sorprende la cura al dettaglio, la bellezza naturale della struttura in legno a vista, le scelte d’arredo sobrie e assolutamente originali. Gli chalet gemelli sono comunicanti grazie ad un tunnel sotterraneo e condividono un’inaspettata piscina (corsia di nuoto) sauna, hamman e sala cinema/discoteca.

In this article: murogeopietra ONO DEGNO model.

Arch. Alessandro Rovagna

Alessandro ROVAGNA was born in Asti, in Piedmont on 21 March 1974. He has lived in France for 18 years. He studied architecture at Turin Polytechnic. He graduated in 1999, worked for several years in the Hautes Alpes architecture industry, then became self-employed in 2003. In 2007 he set up the architecture firm S.A.R.L. Alessandro ROVAGNA, and extended his activity not only to the High Alps, but also the Maritime Alps, Isère and Savoia.