FRIHA. House on a hill
Surrounded by imposing mountaints, FRIHA is a small wooden cabin of great quality, meant to be shared during vacation periods
The rooms of this 110 m² dwelling – foyer, kitchen-dining room, living room, fireplace room… – succeed one another in two volumes that follow the complicated topography of the site. This stepped descent is accompanied by picture windows framing breathtaking panoramas of the Alps, blunting one’s sense of being indoors. A central staircase connects the ground floor to the more compact and private upper level, where the rooms are small refuges featuring different themes.
The fine timber shell that the pitched roof is rests over the building volumes, which rise at a 45º angle in relation to the slope of the land. The floorplan looks abstract but the layout makes it possible to maintain a visual connection with the idyllic surroundings, refraining from getting too close to the neighboring constructions. It also enlarges the surface of the facade, facilitating the capture of solar rays and natural light, and hence minimizing the need for the cabin to be lit and warmed artificially.