Perched on the edge of Lake Zug, Switzerland, Haus Dalcher is charmingly understated.
Completed in 1955, the mid-century house was designed by Leo Hafner, a modernist architect whose impact was felt most keenly in Zug, the Swiss city which shares its name with the lake.
Hafner’s most notable design is the head office of the Zuger Kantonalbank, completed when he was only 25 years old but he also designed numerous private residences in the area, including this one, which Hafner designed for the Dalcher family at the equally spritely age of 30. Still inhabited by surviving members of the Dalcher family, the home’s understated charm begins from the very entrance.
To start with, there is little suggestion upon entering the house that there is such a large and impressive view of the lake from the other side. Indeed, at this point the structure is concealed by plants that have been allowed to grow out over the hardscaping.
The effect of this is the house effectively peaks out at you, almost hesitantly. And yet, combining the greenery, that delightful butterfly roof, and the cool blue and white colour combo, there’s more than enough going on for it to avoid being dull.
Meanwhile, inside the décor is really elegant, and you can tell that the family has gone to great lengths to preserve many of the original features, since the house looks just as it would have done when it was built.
Mid-century modern furniture pieces, in various shapes and colours are scattered throughout, spaced apart such that they strike a perfect balance with the calmer, more minimalist structural features. There’s even room for a bit of spice, with features such as the black and white zig zag patterned carpet in the dining room.
Hafner died a few years ago, in 2015, but with beautiful homes like this, his legacy is more than secure for decades to come, in Zug and beyond.
Photo by Mark Haddawy