In the spectacular natural landscape that characterises the canton of Lucerne in direct contact with the mountain system of the Alps, the new Glacier Garden opens to the public showing new links between the memory of the places and the variety of the landscape.
Miller & Maranta, a well-known studio in Basel, creates a complex work that mediates construction techniques and craftsmanship sensitivity. After three years of continuous construction sites with machines excavating the sandstone rock in rather extreme physical conditions, a new underground path came to light with a unique and evocative spatial sequence. The secular stratifications and fractures of the rock contribute to enhance the path enriched with subtle illuminations on the walls that recall images of ancient landscapes of flora and fauna.
This “time machine” as Quintus Miller described it, has guided the choice of the new architecture, the entrance to the path, the restyling of the existing Swiss Chalet, and the rearrangement of the path system. A project that seeks a balance between artifice and nature by alternating the strong presence of natural elements with bold and archaic contemporary additions. The choice of concrete relates well to the sandstone defining spaces with a strong material impact.
The Department for the preservation of historical monuments of the Canton of Lucerne supported the entire design process.