The Andermatt Chalet in the historic center of the Swiss mountain village goes by the name of “Half House”. Its other half was destroyed decades ago by a fire and then replaced by a parking lot. The London architect Jonathan Tuckey converted this traditional stone and wood house dating to 1780 into a home for his family. Since moving his main residence back to London, he has also rented it out as a holiday chalet.
The house is arranged over four levels, which are connected via the originally preserved ladder-like wooden staircase. Its centerpiece is the combined kitchen, dining and living area on the second floor. By removing parts of the ceiling to the attic, a light-flooded double-height space has been created. Whitewashed panels and light wooden planks, gray wall plastering, a black kitchen and a pared-down interior: the resulting ambience is brilliantly airy and arguably more Nordic than Alpine. One floor up you’ll find a bedroom with a work space on the gallery which can be separated from the living room by a folding door. Two additional bedrooms and a Stube (snug) are located on the first floor. With their low ceilings and the old wood paneling, these rooms have a more traditional feel.
What to do
There is a sauna in the basement. The house has a good collection of books on local architecture and is an excellent starting point for visiting the works of Galfetti, Snozzi, Olgiati, Zumthor, Camindo, Koolhaus etc. Shops, restaurants and ski lifts are within walking distance. In good snow conditions, the house can be reached on skis. In summer you can set off from the front door by bicycle, with golf clubs, hiking boots, climbing gear - or even paragliding equipment.
Why we like this house
The revival of this historic house with its beautiful symbiosis of old and new is a pleasant counterpoint to the "mundane" holiday resorts which are currently under construction in Andermatt.
Details of the property
Region/Town: CH – Switzerland, Uri, Andermatt
Name: Andermatt Chalet
Scenery: Mountain village in the Swiss Alps
Number of guests: 2 to 6 people
Architecture: Old & new, Historical
Design: Jonathan Tuckey Design, Andermatt
Published: ELLE Deco UK, 3/2017, Dwell, House and Garden, AD, Umbauen + Renovieren, Das Ideale Heim