Avalanches and other hazardous conditions are a fact of life in the Austrian village of Lech, which is why Marcell Strolz and Uli Alber's home on the edge of the slopes is designed to withstand the forceful blows of sliding snow. “A series of sliding wooden shutters protects the building, as does specially strengthened glass around the kitchen," explains Strolz.
Made of recyclable and other eco-friendly materials, the Courmayeur Ski & Snowboard School in the Aosta Valley of northern Italy took 10 days to assemble using an innovative prefab solution.
Built-ins abound at this contemporary ski chalet perched high in the French Alps. H2O Architects renovated the 1970s lodge to increase livable space while leaving the structure intact.
This concrete villa overlooking the Swiss Alps is supported by an inverted pyramid that subtly mirrors the surrounding mountain peaks.
A 1902 chalet in Eastern Switzerland received a modern update at the hands of two Scandinavian design aficionados. Pieces from iconic Danish designers range from Arne Jacobsen, Werner Panton, Børge Mogensen, Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl.