Andermatt is the fastest growing ski resort in Switzerland. The sale of military land between the original village, and a planned podium development, required a connective vision for this new central territory. A competition posed the question: “with the demilitarisation of the village, what should be created as the middle ground between the existing and proposed quarters of Andermatt?
5th Studio imagined the new intervention as a singularity – a generous volume that operated as a hospitable gathering space for the village, around the railway station and main lifts. We saw the opportunity for a hybridisation of architecture, landscape and infrastructure: in short, a castle for Andermatt.
Taking inspiration from structures such as Le Mont St Michel and Hadrian’s Mausoleum in Rome, the proposition superimposed a number of different topographies to create an extraordinary public space at the heart of the village:
- An extensive botanic garden and arboretum as a microcosm of Swiss landscape, creating river and lake topographies, high alpine gardens, alpine meadow, forests and erratic fields. The entire site would be treated as a landscape.
- A transport interchange to ensure effective arrival, departure and movement within Andermatt.
- 4 season visitor infrastructure, enabling visitors to access the surrounding landscape on foot, horse, cycle and ski, as well as relax when they return to the village.
- Local services, education and living accommodation to support the village economy and enhance local skills.