Posted on 18 August 2012
Andermatt is usually associated with skiing and winter sports but looks set to become a year round holiday destination as a new development is currently under construction. The development has been planned by Samih Sawiris of Osracom Hotels.
He plans to introduce a mind-boggling number of new facilities for travellers to enjoy, including not only skiing and snowboarding, but also skating, golf, tennis, curling, hiking and Nordic walking, mountain biking rock climbing, fishing, horse riding and rafting. The development is to include six, four and five-star hotels and nearly 500 luxury apartments and 25 villas.
All these are due to be integrated into the existing historic village of Andermatt and are being designed to blend in with the natural environment. Building standards in Switzerland are extremely stringent, but this development plans to go above and beyond these needs and has focused on environmental concerns and using renewable energy sources to ensure all energy supplies are carbon neutral.
Osracom consulted with locals and environmental associations early on during the planning process and all buildings will be constructed to meet MINERGIE standards, a recognised Swiss quality label for sustainable construction.
Andermatt is already well established as a winter sport location as it has a wide range of pistes available for both beginners and more experienced skiers. At the moment the ski facilities are being modernised and will be linked up with neighbouring ski areas resulting in a modern and well developed ski area of 130 km of pistes. It’s expected that the first apartments will be ready for occupation in 2013 and 2014, and the new golf course will open in 2014.