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Architect Heinz Julen coins Zermatt: A ski paradise

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Heinz Julen proves his architectural genius throughout the ski lodges of Zermatt, a strikingly beautiful village in Switzerland at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn. The town’s breathtaking views of the Matterhorn are legendary and the only access to this hidden gem is via a train, that’s right, no automobiles. It is clear why Zermatt is such a popular destination, with its serene and quiet atmosphere at the foot of the most recognizable glacier in the world.

The number of hotels, ski lodges and apartments has grown significantly as a result of the increased tourism. New buildings and renovations have brought a wave of luxury development to the mountainside village. The beautiful character of the village and glacier is, however, still unaffected by the growing numbers of tourists and owners of vacation homes.

Zermatt lodges

Reflected in these beautiful images is the genius, creativity and art of local architect Heinz Julen. In taking a stroll from Zermatt to the neighboring village of Findeln, it would be nearly impossible to ignore Julen’s  design and architecture.

Heinz Julen restaurant design

Heinz Julen’s design style and product collection is incorporated in numerous surrounding hotels, bars, cinemas, lounges and restaurants.  Like his design of  club Vernissage, Julen blends modern and mid-century modern elements with traditional ambiance.

Heinz Julen restaurant design

Julen often uses locally sourced materials in his design that reflect the surrounding environment. The materials radiate comfort but bring also bring an edge of something new and unique to his designs. We love Julen’s  chandelier (below and installed in living room at top). It is versatile and can be hung indoors and outdoors and a closer look will attest to his creativity and sense of humor. He uses plumbing pipes, tea cups and goblets as components of his chandeliers.

Heinz Julen chandelier

Heinz Julen is one that truly “thinks outside the box”. His work emulates living life and incorporating the beauty of the environment surrounding him. Now, all you have to do is see the creativity for yourself and plan a visit to Zermatt or at least check out his website.

Safe travels and have fun!


Florence von Pelet

Florence is a senior editor at Modenus.com. Aside from her natural passion for interiors, kitchens and baths Florence also leads the way on Modenus’ BlogTours around the world so please follow her on Twitter to get the latest information and inspiration about design trends from around the world.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE Zermatt. Would go there and “over the hill” to Breuil Cervina to escape parents. Brings back v good memories (though not for parents)!!!!


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