The exposed structure approach carries over to the connected buildings, too.
"Of course, the other prominent material is glass, allowing the front of the home to open up to the views," says Gehl. "On the street side smaller, cutout windows help create privacy."
The exterior walls are clad in weatherboards, specially dried in a microwave kiln to prevent warping in the dry alpine environment.
"The exposed structure naturally forms part of the interior aesthetic as well, with the look of the beams and stonework extended by slate and oak floors," says the architect. "We introduced an industrial accent with the waxed metal finishes on the fir cabinets, some large door entries and the stairway."
In terms of layout, the house steps across the mountainside, with the position of each build element optimising views one way and privacy the other. Part of the brief to the architect and builder was to site the house so family and guests would be able to ski in and ski out.
The segmented house comprises the great room, a four-level circulation tower calling to mind a mine shaft tower a master bedroom, four guest suites, garaging, and ancillary spaces, such as a ski-tuning room. Enclosed walkways connect the various spaces.