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The Grand Chalet, Rossinière
Built between 1752 and 1756 by and for David Henchoz, the Grand Chalet, a national Swiss heritage site with one hundred and thirteen windows and carved wooden façades, is one of the oldest chalets in Switzerland.

Originally designed to accommodate the large wooden cellars necessary for commercial cheese production, the chalet's oversized dimensions were needed to create these vast underground spaces. The chalet stayed in the hands of the same family until 1875, being transformed into a reputable hotel in 1852, which welcomed such guests as Victor Hugo and Alfred Dreyfus.

In 1977, the chalet was bought by Count Balthazar Klossowski de Rola, who lived there with his wife, Countess Setsuko Klossowski de Rola, and their daughter, Harumi, until his death in 2001. Today, this extraordinary and timeless place is both the family residence, as well as home to the Balthus Foundation.

Through the years, the painter and his wife invited their contemporaries to this architectural achievement, nestled in the valley of the Pays d'Enhaut; artists, writers, film makers and poets came to exchange ideas about their respective disciplines, to imagine new dialogues between the arts, and to ponder that inexhaustible source of inspiration, the world.


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