Location: Andermatt, Switzerland
Scope: Restaurant
Budget: Confidential
Completion Date: 2019
Client: Orascom Development / Andermatt Swiss Alps
Architect: Studio Seilern Architects
Local Architect: Siebzehn13 Architekten
Structural Engineer: Holzprojekt / IUB Engineering
Services Engineer: EWA / Q&Q

Restaurant Gütsch will be the heart of the new ski region Andermatt in the Swiss Alps, placed on top of the mountain at the arrival point of three cable car lines. It will be a first-class gourmet restaurant, attracting both daytime skiers and dinner guests from the valley based Grand Hotels. The challenge of this project was, therefore, to create a design that caters for both client groups, developing two separate restaurants under the same roof.

The project offered the opportunity to work on a dramatic site on 2300m altitude, on top of the Alps. Our concept plans to create a landmark that is as robust as the dramatic setting of the landscape. The new restaurant will be designed as a contemporary “hameau”, a Swiss hamlet, where a collection of smaller buildings create a harmonious whole. 

The project took inspiration from the carved stone sculpture Horta de Ebro by Manolo Valdez.  

Made out of local stone and reflecting the silhouette of vernacular Swiss villages, Restaurant Gütsch will cater both for the aesthetic and the climatic challenges of a unique site. The wide openings will offer panoramic views over the valley of Andermatt.  

The short construction phases and the different access to the site forced us to develop a prefabricated system of modules, which will be mounted on site.