The Bavarian Chalets

Taos, New Mexico

Six Bavarian Chalets represent the first phase expansion of the Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant at the base of the mid-mountain lift in this expert ski resort.  These full-service residences are located within Kit Carson National Forest at the edge of the Wheeler Wilderness area.  

Champalimaud's award-winning design exhibits a deep appreciation of its magnificent, harsh surroundings and references both the mining history of the area and the European, alpine style that defines Taos Ski Valley.   

Champalimaud collaborated closely with the project architect to enhance the character if the chalet exteriors. This included the use of using horizontally and vertically laid ship lap, Juliet balconies with Bavarian detailing, timeworn tin roofs and heavy entry doors painted in burnt umber, black and white. Antique tin, a defining exterior element, is carried into and throughout the interior, In the living room, timber framing and stainless steel firebox cladding recall the valley's mining tradition while adding a contemporary touch of European décor.   

Champalimaud's design accommodates families with children, long hikes into the wilderness, gear and ski storage.  The refined rusticity of the Bavarian Chalets sets a new standard for contemporary mountain living.

  • Photography By :
  • Emily Minton Redfield