WORDS Palesa Kgasane PHOTOS Solène Renault for Chevallier Architectes
Situated in the picturesque French landscape of Mont-Blanc Chamonix, this multi-chalet property envisaged by Chevallier Architects is a modern getaway with spectacular views.
The idea of starting the Les Belles Échappées project came when architect Renaud Chevallier discovered the expansive land on which it is now built and proposed it to a client. This led to a proposal to create a multi-tier structure framed around the exquisite view of Mont Blanc, as seen from the main bedroom of this home, which is bathed in light.
The two chalets are built from concrete and dressed in wood and metal, characteristic of the architectural agency’s distinctive artistic approach to designing structures that work on light, using materials that are in harmony with the environment. The materials also enhance and complement the minimalist interior decor.
The Belles Échappées development also includes wellness areas, such as a sauna and spas, all powered by geothermal energy to reduce energy consumption.
And the interiors are just as striking as the surrounds, boasting an open-plan design in which each space flows into another. Sleek monochromatic furnishings convey ultra-modern feel, while the use of wood prevents it from presenting itself as a stoic, cold structure. The project was completed in 2019, driven by a strong design team who navigated the technical aspects of the location and the combining of the two structures, while ensuring that functionality did not compromise on aesthetics.