The golden age of Swiss design
SLIK Architekten, an award-winning, Zürich-based practice, has put a new spin on old-world glamour with Pazola’s outstanding architecture and noble building materials.
Featuring solid wood and locally sourced natural stone, Pazola's building materials reflect the local surroundings – from the spruce forests to the granite mountains.
Whether it's the sophisticated colour palette or the carefully curated interiors, Pazola teems with thoughtful finishing touches to offer residents a modern mountain palazzo feel.
From chic Vitra wooden tables and Hästens beds to Flos lighting and sleek fireplaces, everything has been selected with utmost care.
In conversation with Atelier 522
German-Swiss interior design practice Atelier 522 creates timeless spaces that blend the studio’s technical prowess with original solutions. Atelier 522’s project leads for Pazola give an insight into the creative process behind dreaming up the interiors for Pazola.
What was the design brief for Pazola? The general idea for Pazola came from the historic mountain palazzi that urban travellers used to stay at overnight when crossing the Alps. We looked at historic places such as the Furka Pass’ Belvedere Hotel and Palazzo Salis in Soglio, which mix design elements of Italy’s urban architecture with typical Swiss codes. We wanted to create a palazzo-like residence with a stylish, contemporary feel.
How did you turn this brief into reality? We took some of the main elements of palazzo architecture and used them in the interior design. The graphic tiles, parquet flooring, fireplaces and Hästens beds with half-head linen headboards are all inspired by these grand structures, but reinterpreted with cleaner, more modern lines. The use of ruby reds, dark blues and greens adds a noble touch, reminiscent of the colour palettes of the aristocracy.
'Just like the traditional mountain palazzo, Pazola is a home for people with a keen eye for design.'
How did you curate the interiors? When it came to choosing furniture and accessories we selected well-crafted, artisanal items. The interiors feel chic without being opulent. Just like the traditional mountain palazzo, Pazola is a home for people with a keen eye for design. We made sure to incorporate local wood and stone to root the property in the natural world of Andermatt.
What type of atmosphere did you want to create for residents? Our ambition was to create an intimate space where people can relax. This is the main difference between Pazola and other more urban palazzi. The latter can be a bit overwhelming with their tall ceilings, but Pazola features lots of cosy elements as well to create a warm atmosphere.