architect_ Lacroix Chessex
location_ Les Jeurs, Trient, Switzerland
project year_ 2013
photography_ Joël Tettamanti

from the architects_
The Jeurs project, a small hamlet that overlooks the Forclaz’s street, is a project, which asks the shape and the scale of the little constructions around (nearby).

The project draws its roots from past and memory of the place. Just like the former raccards of Valais. It consists of a mineral pedestal on which bases a volume of dark wood protected from the ground. Leaving the report that a simple volume would have been except scale and, actually, would have broken the harmony of the place (area), an operation of division of the mass into two smaller forms assembled and welded in 45 % allowed to reconnect on the scale of the chalets of the hamlet.

The perception of the project changes according the different viewpoints: since the upstream, we only see a shape reminding the silhouette of mountains; since the downstream, we discover two volumes as a reference to the archetype shape of houses drawn by children.

Situated at the limit of the cliff, the project plays subtly with the hillside of the site by peeling away from the ground and by opening on the valley. Two big windows at the ground floor, the living room, the 1st stage, and the master bedroom, allow the landscape to penetrate into the house. Windows situated on frontages in between both volumes create a strong visual relation and give the genuine sense to the compositional concept of the project, “pasted-welded”.

The materiality of the project, all in untreated fir trees, the spatiality made by small dimensions, the set of levels, windows centering particular elements from the landscape, the link with the ground and the mineral base, all these elements confer to the project an atmosphere certainly close to the traditional chalets.