It was in July 2014 that along with the owner, we pushed our way through a rather prickly hedge to gain access to the plot he was about to buy.
I have been involved in the Chalet Joux Plane project for over 3 years now. It's crazy that it's been that long, but it was in July 2014 that along with the owner, we pushed our way through a rather prickly hedge to gain access to the plot he was about to buy. Even at that stage, this journey was a year in... and so it will be the best part of 5 years from the initial vision when the chalet opens this December. It's taken that time because of the quality that has gone into every aspect of the build.
It's a total one off, unique throughout
It's a total one-off, unique throughout. The owner has given the design and build team more or less total freedom to build him the ultimate chalet, and by all accounts, that is what he has got. The result is going to be incredible, it's unlike anything else in our portfolio at present. At over 700m2 it's double the size of most of our chalets, and they're already extremely spacious. All that meterage is used for no end of facilities, from cinemas to spas, huge living rooms to bars, and of-course not to mention the 23m swimming pool. Twenty-three meters! In a private home? I don't think that really comprehends in numbers until you actually stand there looking at it.
...the 23m swimming pool, twenty-three meters! In a private home? I don't think that really comprehends in numbers until you actually stand there looking at it!
The build is now very nearly finished. We're hoping to get a photo-shoot done soon, but at the moment most of the finished areas are thoroughly wrapped up in protective covers as the final works complete. Furniture is piling up in various areas ready for the install to commence, so it's tantalisingly close. The lighting is all on now and this starts to give a hint at the design touches throughout. Recessed track lighting and fibre optics are used throughout to create some really intimate spaces. Frameless glass borders stairways and 'the bridge' to the dining hall. The wow factor just keeps on going.