When I was thinking about what to feature as the first Spaces story of 2017, I realised that a little bit of escapism might be in order for January. Which brings me to a question: anyone else fancy packing their bags and heading to this alpine chalet in Andermatt in the Swiss Alps?


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I spotted this property on The Modern House and it caught my eye as the house was redesigned in 2012 by Jonathan Tuckey Design with the help of local architect Ruedi Kreienbühl. I featured another project from Tuckey's studio, Shadow House in Wiltshire in the U.K., back in 2013 on my first property blog, and like Shadow House, this chalet has an incredible sense of volume.

And as with Shadow House, here Jonathan Tuckey was again working with an old building – in this case a 17th century alpine house arranged over four floors – and breathing new life into the period shell with a characteristic combination of old against new.

The sense of volume is a key feature in this dramatic holiday home, which includes a double height kitchen and living-dining room, and Tuckey remodelled the two upper floors to create this space.

Originally this building had a neighbouring house, but this was damaged by fire in the 1960s and subsequently demolished, resulting in this ‘Halbhaus’, or ‘half house’, with its distinctive angular roofline. Tuckey designed this home for himself and his family, although it’s also available to let through The Modern House.

The interior is furnished with an eclectic mix of old and new furniture and paintings from England, Scandinavia, Poland and Argentina, and you’ll find a collection of books and films on Swiss and Northern Italian architecture, alpine photography and mountaineering. Simple wooden staircases connect the different levels.

As Tuckey writes on the practice’s website: ‘The design of the ‘half house’ engaged with the qualities already present in this traditionally constructed house and sought to amplify them; the sauna is placed within the rocky foundations of the house, the original staircase leads through the living spaces up to a world of timber attic bedrooms nestling beneath the snow-covered roof… These spaces evoke the simple, shared pleasures of cooking and eating together and sleeping in an attic accessible by a ladder rested against a tall chimney.’

I love the moody yet mellow palette here. This would be such a calm yet atmospheric interior to return to at the end of a day spent exploring.


See the listing for Alpine Chalet on Photography by James Brittain


See the blog post on Copperline

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