- Architecture & development
The cold winter temperatures are already making you yearn for days on skis enjoying ultimate freedom and cosy sauna sessions. You no longer have to experience those in dull chalets, but in this ambient apartment in the iconic Super Crans: a modernist tower erected by renowned architect Jean-Marie Ellenberger in the late 1960s. Fancy making the Crans-Montana ski resort in the Swiss Alps unsafe?
As we have seen with Labscape's previous projects, the design studio goes out of its way to understand the client's needs and goals and create projects from those desires. ‘We find it important to know what a client is really looking for, because only then can we select the right options,’ adds Tecla Tangorra, one of the two founders. The creative agency aims to optimise spaces, create the best layouts and, above all, select pleasing materials. This is why the experts consider it important to follow up each concept from start to finish themselves, so that they can provide the future resident or visitor with the creative solution they crave.
Precisely because the Crans Montana project is tucked into such an iconic apartment building, it was extremely important for the design studio to maintain its relationship with the complex. Meanwhile, the concept speaks the same specific modernist language as the residence by incorporating elements such as clean lines and simple shapes. Nevertheless, the whole radiates warmth, and this is thanks to the inviting glow of the many wooden walls. One thing is certain: the architects wanted the views of the Swiss mountains to speak for themselves, which is why they stuck to 'less is more'.
The concept speaks the same specific modernist language as the residence.
Incidentally, the local aspect was also an important point when selecting the materials and colour scheme of this healing design. The designers selected natural tones with peaks of colour here and there to keep the concept interesting. They also incorporated those bold shades into the fabrics where geometric shapes and patterns make their way. As a result, they also kept the design of the furniture simple, yet sometimes unexpected. There's no doubt about it, Labscape's designs are unique and take full inspiration from the place and the person at their centre. We are already looking forward to their next projects.
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Photography by Nicolas Schimp
Text by Emma Verstappen