The chalet is located in a forest clearing on an elevated plain above the river Rhône commanding spectacular views over the valley and to the mountain range opposite. The owners wanted a garden design for the areas around the chalet and outbuildings. The house was to be screened against the access road and the public path running across the upper area of the property.
The garden design integrates the buildings into the garden and the surrounding landscape. The plant selection is inspired by the woodland and the meadow sloping away from the chalet. Trees and shrubs of medium height such as weeping birch, blue Scots pine, flowering current and dog rose bridge the height difference between the houses and the old trees.
A loose succession of planting islands offers changing views beyond the property. The organically shaped beds are planted with mounds of dwarf pine and ornamental grasses. Perennials such as monk’s hood, Turk’s cap lily, wood cranesbill and dark mullein provide seasonal highlights. The chalet’s spacious wooden terrace is enclosed by planting and can serve as a retreat or a gathering spot for large groups. The whirlpool is removed from the central outdoor area, embedded into mounds of dwarf pine, with a view to the Valais Alps.