In Seelisberg just above Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, the carpenter Lukas Gwerer has made his vision of a natural house a reality. The house he has built over six years of work consists of 99% natural materials. The foundation made of natural stones supports a metal and glue-free construction made of moon phase harvested wood. The walls, insulated with a hemp-lime layer and hemp mats, are plastered with clay and covered on the outside with shingles made of red cedar. A cantilevered roof made of natural slate protects the facade from the elements.
What to do
A swimming pond, hot tub, sauna, hiking, skiing, paragliding, excursions in the surrounding area (Lucerne, Lake Lucerne)
Why we like this house
A pilot project that combines craftsmanship and a consistent ecological orientation. Here you can live in a pure natural environment surrounded by the Swiss mountain world.
This house is great for
Everyone who values sustainability. Nice for families too: children will love the swing seats on the kitchen island, the cave under the reading platform, and the lounge area in the attic.
|Region/Town||CH – Switzerland, Canton Uri, Seelisberg|
|Scenery||In a rural setting, high above Lake Lucerne|
|Number of guests||Max. 8 in three bedrooms and two full-size beds in the attic|
|Design||Lukas Gwerder, Schwyz and Urs Kasper, Seelisberg (CH); Interior design: Urs Kasper and Martin Mattersberger, Matrei (A); Landscape design: Christoph Felix, Wil (CH)|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), 1-8 (house/apartment), Family, Garden, Hiking, Lake/river, Mountains, Sauna, Skiing, Spa|