Chalet by Bernd Gruber

Designed by Bernd Gruber, this inspiring chalet is located in the Tyrolean Alps, Austria.

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For two years architect and interior designer Bernd Gruber accompanied the buyer on a hunt for the ideal place in which to position a chalet that would fit in ideally with the landscape. The choice fell on the Tyrolean Alps, near Jochberg: not far from where Gruber himself had turned his father’s carpentry business into a well-known architectural firm, known in particular for its chalet production. Focused on a dialogue with the surroundings, theentire project was motivated by an inner need to return to nature.

The living spaces are designed to maximize the light, with large windows opening wide and both interior and exterior materials mainly sourced from the natural world: on the facade, local stone and spruce alternate with metal items such as those of the balconies and windows; on the inside the floors are made of stone or wood. The fireplace with its large metal hood dominates the living area, while the kitchen is distinguished by its specially designed concrete tiles set in to the wooden floor. The overall elegance is determined by the superb quality of the furnishings and lighting, all tailored to the different rooms of the house.

In the master bathroom the plasticity of the Spoon XL bathtub, designed by Benedini Associati for Agape and made in white Cristalplant® biobased provides the perfect complement to the style of the chalet while offering a relaxing view of the Wilder Kaiser. The brushed anodized aluminum taps from the Sen line designed by Gweneal Nicolas represent an equally minimalist synthesis of Eastern spirit and Western technology and are here combined with other accessories, including the Stairs extra resting up against the wall.

Photography by Bernd Gruber Kitzbühel

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- by Matt Watts