VELUX specialists were consulting the project from an early stage, and assured the architects that there is no need for underwater windows nor other extreme solutions. Apart from the gas pressure compensation and slight alteration of sealings, no other customisation was necessary.
Following the suggestion of KUB Ingeneure, an experienced facade planner, the windows are slightly protruding the facade to allow water and snow to run off smoothly. The architects achieved a spectacular appearance with affordable, accessible materials. The only thing that increased the cost is the extreme alpine location of the house.
The windows are also easy to use for the guests, as everyone knows how to operate them for airing. They have no sun protection: the climbers go to bed at dusk and get up with the sunrise. The whole house follows the rhythm of nature.
"Dusk in the mountains is a very special and calm time, and I think it's beautiful to watch the spectacle also from the inside of the building. Some people wanted us to mount TV screens, but we refused - one goes up to be immersed in nature."
Stifter + Bachmann architects