Villa «Fernblick»

Appenzell, Switzerland

For many years our client has been on the search for the right property to develop into a grand, unique villa. Standing on the newly purchased land for the very first time, there was a strong feeling that the grounds needed to be respected and gently curated. Finding the right architectural language was a key point in the development of the property, and a harmonious dialogue with nature was of the utmost importance.

The entire estate is designed to complement the calming, spiritual nature of the land. A truly amazing property in a magical place. This stunning property will feature a private villa with guesthouse and a garden sanctuary with a pool pavilion and naturalistic, outdoor swimming pool that will become the home of dozens of trout. 


  • Type
    Villa with guest- and poolhouse
  • Location
    Appenzell, Switzerland
  • Scope of Work
    Architectural Vision and Concept, Interior Architecture, Furnishing and Styling 
  • Year
    2018 - 2022
  • Client
  • Partner
    Studio Sito Architekten GmbH
    Tecti AG
    Maerz AG
    Akkurt AG
    Lichtkompetenz GmbH
    Enea Landscape Design GmbH
  • Photographer
    Reto Guntli & Agi Simoes

«The entire property is designed to complement the soothing, spiritual nature of the land. A truly amazing estate in a magical place!»

Ina Rinderknecht

The living room offers a large, comfortable lounge seating arrangement which showcases some of our custom tables. The dining room is anchored by a large Rosie Li gingko leaf chandelier, which sits above our custom designed marble table with bronze legs, made specially for this room. 

For the large timber cabinets, we used a special douglas fir that was custom stained for our project by Schotten & Hansen. The structure of the wood is enhanced by a carved surface that reflects the various colors of the wood. Within the cabinets we used intricate bronze lattice doors and ample display shelves.

Our client wanted a cozy, yet highly functional kitchen. The programming of the kitchen design had to offer all of the latest, modern kitchen appliances for fine dining. Since the kitchen was very big in size, we opted to use the same wall paneling as found throughout the villa. The warmth of the wood paneling makes for the cozy feel desired by our client. To accentuate and focus the family activities in the kitchen, we designed a spectacular marble island, centrally placed in the kitchen. This bold statement piece in green and white stone anchors all of the activities in the vast kitchen. To structure the room, we added three lovely pendant lights above the island, which create a cozy canopy above the dining portion of the island.

«This residential villa with guest house and pool house redefines what a private residence is. We’ve created a seamless experience, marrying striking architectural, interior and landscape concepts to inject a new design language to Switzerland. Our aim was to set a new standard for luxury living.»

Ina Rinderknecht

The more private areas of the villa can be found on the top floor. These include two master bedrooms and a vast private closet space which connects them. Once arriving on the top floor, an intricate ceiling structure with various angled planes and a dropped ceiling create an origami-like wooden structure. Each room on the top floor has this special ceiling structure. All of the ceilings, built-ins, wall panellings and custom pieces were inspired by the world of super yachts.

The main closet area offers ample space for his and her wardrobes. A centrally located glass display offers optimum space to showcase our client’s selection of favorite handbags. The idea of the walk-in closet was to create the experience of being in a boutique.

Based on the idea of holistic health and healing, naturopathy and mindfulness, the spa area creates a space of serenity and wellness, while at the same time, incorporating all of the latest state-of-the-art technology throughout. Rigorous planning and an imaginative use of space gave us the opportunity to include a 14m long indoor pool, a Finnish sauna, steam bath, various showers, a massage/relaxing room, a tea station, a changing room and a separate fitness area of around 100sqm. The design for this unprecedented Spa was inspired by the force of nature all around it.

The pool house is a sanctuary in its own right. The beautiful structure harbours a lovely place for entertainment with a lounge area and a beautiful Teppanyaki style kitchen that turns into a large dining
table. For this table we have used a single oak wood trunk of over 7m long. The exterior kitchen is designed in brushed chrome so to withstand the harsh winters in the mountainous area of Teufen.



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