Smout Allen

Will Armstrong - The Unstable Picturesque

The first tourists to Grindelwald were English aristocrats, who came in the 18th century to visit the Mountainous landscape and the two glaciers that terminate at the edge of the village. Partly due to, and accelerated by, climate change both glaciers have retreated 2km back into the mountains out of sight of the village. The Gletscherschlucht Seasonal Hotel seasonally shifts, creating a composite landscape based of the principle picturesque elements of Foreground, Offskip and Background. Elements of the building slide on artificial ice pads along routes, polishing the bedrock, and returning the glacial view.