Outside of Rio de Janeiro, on a beautiful beach, sits a little house with a flowering roof that shades protects like a big tropical banana leaf. The open air abode is meant to encourage interaction connection between man nature. With verandas open spaces in between rooms no corridors, the tropical beach house is an ideal place for social gatherings parties. The open layout also takes advantage of trade winds that blow in from the sea, providing natural ventilation passive cooling.
One of the striking features of the area round Belalp is the traditional covers for the roofs. The shed shown here illustrates the use of an amazing collection of different shapes and sizes of local rocks. These are mainly schist which has been very carefully placed to keep out rain and the extreme driving snow in this area above 2000 metres.