Andermatt is one of Switzerland’s oldest and most picturesque villages, surrounded by the stunning year-round beauty of the Swiss Alps. One Works’ design of Andermatt Area D Masterplan took a dual approach to ensure that sensitivities around village could be manage and the clients overall objectives could achieved.
First, there is the need to respond to straightforward questions relating to accessibility, closed and open spatial quality, flexibility, environmental issues, and overall solid building practices. Second, was the design tasks that required an holistic approach looking at both the finer details to the wider landscape. These were driven by a strong sympathetic attitude, capable of generating a convincing townscape and a high quality natural environment.
While issues concerning efficiency and their relationship with the open spaces determine the single apartment units, the overall building masses were designed as if sculpted from the earth’s mass or from a wooded block. There is a particular search for the material’s innate structure, its “vein”, its inner pattern and rhythm.
The roofline of the housing units along the riverfront facilitates the gradual reading of the physical transition between the apartment units on the west and the cottages on the east. Unfolding their north-south alignment, the loggias overlooking the water pursue the sun’s exposure. Commercial functions on the north side of the street, in part, include a hotel and apartment units. Their disposition along an elongated east-west roofline, sheltering the covered passages to the inner pedestrian road, create a vital public space.