Morzine Mountain House

Location Morzine, Rhone-Alpes, France

Status On site, due for completion 2016


This project is for a large private house in the Rhone-Alpes region of France. Morzine is a traditional market town with in a spectacular setting, with chalet style buildings spread across an Alpine river gorge. Following consultation with Morzine’s mayor and local planning authorities, we devised a design for a contemporary house rooted in the traditional vernacular.


A solid stone base at ground level conceals an office, boot room and car parking. The caretakers flat, and a gymnasium and cinema for residents are located at basement level. On the first floor six bedrooms are provided, including an ensuite master with steam room, whilst the second floor – with far reaching views across the valley – contains a generous open plan living area and an semi-external plunge pool.


The façade above ground comprises a series of vertical timber louvres which can be pivoted to adjust views in and out of the building according to the season, including a large moveable screen of timber louvres which runs along the external balcony at second floor.


Client Private Client

French Architectural Consultant Francois Gillet