Chalet Aconcagua

A Cocoon of Light

Text Claude Hervé-Bazin / Photo Yves Garneau
Date of publication Winter 2018-2019

7 Heavens seems like the perfect name for a mountain paradise. Named after the seven most emblematic peaks of the planet, 7 Heavens counts seven ultra high-luxury chalets as part of its offering. Among them is the Chalet Aconcagua, visual proof that architecture can sometimes find itself at the mercy of contemporary needs and artisan know-how.

The true art behind architecture lies in clarity, or as Le Corbusier put it: “To create architecture is to put in order. Put in what order? Function and objects.” The Chalet Aconcagua has been designed with a precision that addresses and then immediately eliminates any conflict that could be present in its build. It’s beautiful, balanced and harmonious. Earthy browns and subtle off-whites echo the ancient wood paneling, while hints of silver accent the linens and luxurious rugs. The palette continues to graciously expand with taupe and the elegant grays of the ceramic tiles, not to mention the stunning accent wall in deep, matte black — a black so deep that light itself seems to take on new dimensions in its presence. Here, light is so much more than a simple necessity, it profoundly shapes the space and brings the many exceptional pieces of art to life, including this fantastic, stalactite-inspired suspension piece from Italy that decorates the dining room.
Just mentioning attention to detail feels redundant; every single part of the space is a detail and every single element was purposely chosen. Every window and every wall was part of something bigger, an extremely well-thought-out plan to transform the 550 m2 of chalet space into an escape of cozy opulence. The high-level tech involved is also mind-boggling and just one look at the kitchens is enough to convince any chef trained in a top-class restaurant that this is a place worthy of their talent (they are often part of the in-house team managed by Haute Montagne).
It’s all there: TV room, gym and, of course, the upper-level spa with a large, tiled Jacuzzi and a beautiful jade-colored steam room. In short, the Germany-based Diesigner team did more than succeed in their mission on this one: they may very well have reset the bar on what it means to design and build true luxury alpine chalets.