Oppenheim designed both the architecture and the interiors for La Muna, a rustic ski chalet for which the design involved the complete renovation and minor addition to one of the first homes built in the ultra-exclusive enclave of Red Mountain.
Thirty years of haphazard changes to the home had hidden its potential purity and beauty. Designed as a homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi sabi, the home is clad in reclaimed, regional wood; stone and steel. The use of local and reclaimed materials was intended to make a minimal impact on natural resources as well as designed to merge effortlessly into the home’s idyllic surroundings of forest, stream, and mountain.
Solar collectors provide energy for power and hot water while large operable panels of insulated glass blur the boundaries of inside and out, further enforcing a connection to the home’s environment.
The powerful transformation of this home speaks to the splendor of the forest and mountains beyond. The purity, simplicity, warmth, and rustic charm of the new design beckons one throughout the year as the seasons change in its wondrous setting.
Oppenheim has won the World Architecture News (WAN) 2012 International Award with “La Muna” for Residential Interiors.