Chalet Shemshak is one of a very few recent new buildings, located directly on the slopes of the otherwise fully developed 19th century ski resort town of Courchevel,1850, in the French Alps, providing luxury accomodation over 7500 sq. ft.
The siting of the building is guided by working with the natural gradient of the mountain. The Architecture of the chalet is within the traditional vernacular of the Alpine houses and the picturesque tradition of varying volumes with different orientation placed to respond to the panoramic site conditions and long views to and from the building.
The pine timberwork on the facade, stone walls as well as the stone roof have been designed in the local vernacular and executed by craftsmen who have preserved the tradition of buildings in the mountains for generations.
The interiors of the residence were designed by London decorators Kate Earl and Emily Todhunter whilst the exterior details were crafted in collaboration with the local Architect Jean-Philippe Velghe- Michaux.