This previous weekend I took some time to browse through my stack of old issues of the magazine The World of Interiors. I came across a feature of a beautiful restored home by the Swiss Zurich based architect Hans-Jörg Ruch, that was published in the August 2006 issue.
The house, given the name Chesa Perini, was built 400 years ago in the Engadin valley, in the South-East of Switzerland. The architect restored this house combining respect for the past with modern touches. The house is a typical example of the style of farm dwelling native to the Engadin Valley. These types of houses built in the Engadin Valley were farms, accommodating animals on the lower levels. The solid façades of these houses look austere and have become characteristic for the Southern Alps.
This house was adopted by a family from Basle some 30 years ago after it was left abandoned for about 150 years. Its imperfections were still present and untouched and the house had no comforts. The architect, Hans-Jörg Ruch, perfectly succeeded in restoring the house with respect for its ‘wrinkles’ and imperfections.
Inside, central heating, water and electricity had to be installed, but the architect didn’t touch the rooms’ dimensions.
All pictures World of Interiors – Issue August 2006 – Photo credit Christoph Kicherer
I was totally smitten by the warmth of the conifer panelling to see on the first pages of the feature.
In the sitting room loosely white cotton covered furniture stands out against the 300 year old conifer panelling.
The antechamber is now used as an office.
A remarkable whitewashed stone stove in the antechamber.
The front door of the house can be fully opened, allowing, in the past, hay carts to come through.
Central room on the first floor with a conifer chest and wardrobe.
Dining room with the main dining table made of walnut.
The dining room is linked to the kitchen by a serving hatch and meals can be eaten quickly at the fold-down table. The dining room contains one of the house’s many Hans Wegner chairs.
The kitchen with stainless-steel units was designed by Bulthaup and modified by the architect.
One of the bedrooms in the house, that is located next to the kitchen to benefit from its heat.
The solid façade and entrance of the Chesa Perini house.
This house has now become a family holiday home and is the ideal place for people who love shooting, fishing, hiking or skiiing.