Le Refuge Tonneau
Charlotte Perriand

‘Refuge Tonneau’ (Barrel-shaped Mountain Hut)


Currently dismantled for exhibition purposes

Temporarily installed on the Tour de l’Arbaron path on the Flaine golf course. 

In collaboration with Pierre Jeanneret, architect
Project dating from 1938, completed in 2010 for ‘Acte 3 à Alex’ (Haute Savoie)

Link to the Refuge Tonneau CAUE 74 documentation

Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999)

A French architect and designer, Charlotte Perriand worked with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Her works were influenced by time spent in Japan. She designed and co-designed furniture that has become classic in the modern style. She also helped design Les Arcs ski resort in Savoie, contributing to the external architecture and the interior design

Le Refuge Tonneau

The ‘Refuge Tonneau’ is a prefabricated barrel-shaped shelter which is manufactured in a factory, can be carried on someone’s back and quickly installed on a mountain side… these are the main characteristics of this hut. Constructed from insulated aluminium and ply-board panels, it is very compact when dismantled, but offers eight beds on two floors when set up. It is shaped to resist high winds while its aluminium skin insulates the interior and reflects heat, melting the snow that accumulates around it. It was installed in Alex, Paris and Annecy, before being set up in Flaine Forum where it was used as a residence and workshop by visiting artists. Today, it sits on the Tour de l’Arbaron path, overlooking the Arve valley.

Find out more about the artist and her works at: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_Perriand


The transhumance of Refuge Tonneau from Alex to the School of Art in Annecy (ESAAA)



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