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“The floor is in stained concrete, a material favored by the owners, and the walls are mainly in unfinished concrete – we gave this a more refined surface than the board-formed concrete on the exterior,” says Dynia. “In a house with no internal supports and a floating ceiling, these concrete walls bear most of the structural load, allowing the generous expanses of windows.” A substantial cabinet form bisects the central open interior, with the living spaces on one side and a long, gallery-like passage on the other. The cabinet helps bring a human scale to the soaring, 14ft-high space. “Together, the walnut cabinet and angled ceilings give the interior spatial complexity, offering multiple readings depending on where you are standing,” the architect says. Bedrooms, a movie room and a three-car garage are located in the two double-story wings of the house. “The stairs to the wings also punctuate the main volume – these have been given different treatments for interest,” says Dynia. “While the exterior of this vacation home is a picture of pragmatic alpine charm, the interior is more like an abstract sculptural composition.” Top: The walnut cabinet, which contains a refrigerated wine display and a wet bar, is in line with the kitchen’s rear cabinet. A pocket door can screen off the kitchen when the owners are entertaining. Above: The ceiling rises up at two corners of the home, including over the kitchen. This maximizes natural light on the countertops and creates an airy, enjoyable place to prepare and cook food. search | save | share at 35