At the heart of the new ski region Andermatt-Sedrun in Switzerland, the Gütsch is at an altitude of 2360 m above sea level and at the arrival point of two cable car lines. It houses two first-class gourmet restaurants attracting both daytime skiers and dinner guests from the valley-based Grand Hotels.
Studio Seilern Architects‘ concept was to create a landmark that is as robust as the dramatic setting of the landscape. The architecture is designed as a contemporary “hameau”, a Swiss hamlet, where a collection of smaller buildings create a harmonious whole.
Inspired by the carved stone sculpture, ‘Horta de Ebro’ by Manolo Valdez, the building is made out of local stone and reflecting the silhouette of vernacular Swiss villages. It caters both for the aesthetic and the climatic challenges of a unique site.
The two high-end restaurants in this boast alpine architecture feature large glazed panel walls, breath-taking views of the Gotthard mountain panorama, and open fireplaces.
The Japanese by The Chedi Andermatt has 44 seats indoors and 45 on the terrace. The gourmet restaurant Gütsch by Markus Neff has 66 seats indoors and another 145 on two additional terraces.
The viewpoint of the guest is always veered towards the outdoors and the size of the windows enable a blurring of the internal dining space and the external landscape.
Inside, a combination of steamed and roughened pine wood panelling and plasterboard was used. The ceiling consists of glulam beams, which can take the high live loads of snow accumulation during the winter months.
The bar of the Japanese consists of a reconstructed stone sculpture, giving it an appearance of massiveness. In contrast, the white steel chimney hangs lightly from the ceiling. In the Gourmet, the bar is made of a colourful terrazzo, giving it its distinct identity.
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