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Herzog & de Meuron, Chäserrugg restaurant, building conversion, wooden building, Alpine architecture, built-in furniture, pitched roof, green architecture, locally sourced materials

The Chäserruggrestaurant is located in a ski resort within Switzerland’s Toggenburg region, at an altitude of around 2,260 meters (7,414 feet). Until the cable car was first installed in 1972, the area of the Churfirsten mountain range, which counts seven peaks, including Chäserrugg, was largely inaccessible. The existing restaurant was part of the housing project originally meant to accommodate construction workers.

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The new structure has a sloping roofsupported by branching wooden columns, and large glass surfaces offering expansive views of the Alps. Built-in wooden furniture add to the rustic quality of the interior without creating a pastiche setting.

The Chäserrugg restaurant is among the smallest projects designed by Herzog & de Meuron, following large-scale projects such as Miami’s Pérez Art Museum and pavilions built for the Milan Expo.

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Photos by Katalin Deér