The house of artist Ugo Rondinone for PIN-UP Magazine. Photographed in collaboration with Johnny Graf.
For the house in Würenlos, which was completed earlier this year, Rondinone teamed up with Gabrielle Hächler and Andreas Fuhrimann, a duo of Zürich-based architects whose practice AFGH counts many art-world luminaries in its client list, among them art patron Maja Hoffmann, gallerist Eva Presenhuber, and artist Pipilotti Rist. “I wanted to create a house that was a Gesamtkunstkwerk, like a walk-in sculpture,” explains Rondinone. It is also a space where he and Giorno can live and work in peace. The artist and architects opted for a muted palette of colors and materials: unpainted engineered wood panels cover the façade in vertical stripes, camouflaging it during snowy winters, while inside the house, natural wooden floors compliment the pale plaster on the walls, which was mixed with beeswax to give it a soft luster. On the green staircase leading to the upper floor provides a striking touch of bright color.
PIN-UP 19, Chalet de Charme: Ugo Rondinone and John Giorno's alpine refuge by Aoïfe Rosenmeyer