Flaine France

A full refurbishment and reconfiguration of two World Heritage Site apartments

A scheme that conjoined two apartments for a young family in this extraordinary ski resort.

Marcel Breuer, the mid-20th Century designer of the ‘Kandinsky’ chair and brutalist architecture was commissioned in the 1960s to design a new ski resort in the French Alps. His studio designed everything – from the buildings and landscaping through to the fitted furniture and lighting. The juxtaposition of alpine nature with faceted concrete forms is startling.

The two apartments looked ‘exhausted’- untouched for 60 years. With heritage planning, local district and landlord consent we overhauled back to its bare bones, punctured the party wall and extensively remodeled to provide beds for 8, 2 bathrooms and a large open plan kitchen, dining and reception with a balcony overlooking the valley. This was principally possible by designing a double bunk bed room in the center of the bedroom zone with secret doors into the adjoining guest bedroom. This allowed light to travel through and opened up the area for children to play in and around the bunk beds. On the occasions when guests with children stay over, these secret doors close as panels and sit within a run of wardrobes and the bunk room uses just one rather than two entrances/exits.

Space was carefully arranged for storage, washing facilities, linen, ski equipment and drying clothes allowing for a generous and spacious open plan kitchen, dining and living area in the remainder of the apartment.

RVN negotiated contracts with UK contractors, project managed and administered contracts. RVN supplied, delivered, fitted and styled all fixtures, furniture and soft furnishings.