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Hollywood on the Rocks

Architects: Think Architecture, Zurich
Client: private
Specialist planner concrete: Dade Design AG
Usage: Single-family house
Location: Klosters, Switzerland
Construction date: 2020 bis 2022
Photos: Simone Bossi

The mountain village of Klosters shines on a sunny plain in the open valley of the Prättigau and is a place straight out of a picture book. 

The elegant village with its original charm and chalet style still lives up to its authentic traditions today. Klosters’ international character was brought to it by many cosmopolitan regular guests. American high society from the worlds of film, music, theatre and literature came and went in the 1950s. So much so that the village was nicknamed «Hollywood on the Rocks». Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Yul Brynner, Lauren Bacall, Gene Kelly and Greta Garbo are just some of the names that have honoured Klosters. The British royal family is also a regular guest in Klosters. During this time, many British and American guests found their second home in Klosters.

More than its fame, Klosters offers peace and quiet and unspoilt nature in the midst of the mountains.

Concrete planning and design for chalet «Grusaida»

With the «Grusaida» chalet in Klosters, the architects from Think Architecture realised an authentic and modern spatial concept. The remodelling was limited to a few targeted interventions in the structure of the house. Two openings in the interior connect the two main floors, allowing additional light into the lower rooms.

Concrete combined with other natural materials

Natural, high-quality materials such as oak wood, stone and concrete form the central materials that skilfully intertwine. The realisation of the floor with large visible stone in a seamless terrazzo design acts as a highlight and creates a connection to the surrounding nature. Our dade ROC concrete discreetly accompanies and supports the concept. The realisations from our manufactory in the typical velvety dade ROC concrete literally nestle into the rooms.

Concrete kitchen, wall panels made of dade ROC, concrete washbasin

Whether concrete washbasins or concrete worktops in the kitchen, everything works harmoniously together. The specially developed and produced concrete wall panels in a clear textured look catch the light with their coarse structure, cast shadows and create a modern contrast. The overall design in warm, light colours supports the light-filled rooms and creates a pleasant, healthy living atmosphere.

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