Real Estate

A 17th-century house in the Swiss Alps gets a traditional makeover

Architects and interior designers often say if a house has good bones, any transformation is possible. If the structure is there, it just takes a sharp design eye to bring a space back to its former glory. That’s what British architect Jonathan Tuckey did with this 17th-century house in Andermatt, Switzerland. When Tuckey and his wife—who live in London with their two daughters—first set eyes on the space, they immediately saw the potential of the timber-and-stone house as a new holiday retreat. When renovating the space, Tuckey made sure to stay true to the house’s 17th-century character, while adding more natural light and adding height to the rooms. The result is an architecturally diverse home cozy enough for the family of four yet spacious enough to hold grand dinner parties.