Is This Swiss Alpine Cabin Concrete or Wood?

Unlike most cabins, this one is constructed almost entirely from concrete as opposed to wood. Located in the Swiss Alps near the city Chur, the cabin boasts an usual exterior façade that has been sculpted in such a way so as to mimic the appearance of wood from a distance.The compact retreat has been designed by Georg Nikisch and Selina Walder, is a stark contrast to the more tradition Swiss cabins, which are typically much larger and mainly constructed from wood.” – Niall

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Swiss Army Building Converted to a Cosy Chalet

This former Swiss army building that was constructed during WW2, has been transformed in a rather comfortable home by Ralph Germann Architectes. The Switzerland-based firm effectively inserted a glass cube into the existing structure, which helps define the old from the new, and also helps to maintain the character and history of the building. The internal cube allowed the architects to avoid disturbing the original walls, and preserve the roof and other elements of historical importance. Further to this, the architect used “simple materials” – materials that they deemed to be honest, and true to the character of the building – such as larch, slate, glass and metal.” – Niall

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