Hidden among large trees and a diverse natural environment, a richly decorated apartment building with a view of Zurich has stood on the ridge of the Üetliberg since 1876. Embedded in the wooded surroundings, the wooden building stands out as an extension of the axis of the Üetliberg ridge and distinguishes itself with far-sighted views in the direction of Zurich and the district of Affoltern.
A massive quarry stone wall made of Nagelfluh, which occurs naturally on the Uetliberg, serves as a connection between the rock of the Üetliberg and the floors above.
After intensive wear and tear, the existing facade as well as the interior rooms must now be renovated to meet today's requirements. In the course of the renovation, the entire house will be wrapped with an additional insulation layer to minimize heating losses.
In addition, a new design language for the rich ornamentation of the façade is planned, so that the qualities of the house can be thought of further in terms of the 21st century and the ornamentation of the 19th century can be transformed into the present day.
In the midst of the lockdown arose the desire of restaurateur Ivan Nardozza to create a place where the qualities of good gastronomy can be resurrected.The Tabula Rasa, as the very name suggests, is intended as a new beginning. The good of the past should be activated and new ideas should blossom.
We see the challenges facing the gastronomy scene as an opportunity to reshape things. This requires a passion for good food but also the courage to dare something new in uncertain times.
The concept should make it possible for guests to experience what Tabula Rasa means to Ivan Nardozza. This philosophy is also the design guideline for the interior design. The chest paneling is used for two-layer zoning of the room and, together with the stucco ceiling, is preserved and strengthened as a historical element.
New technical elements such as light and music are used as visionary design elements to make the ambivalence of past and future perceptible. Exterior and interior are linked by designing the ceiling in the entrance area as a green space. This intervention is intended to point to a respectful use of resources and the environment, which have a high priority in Tabula Rasa.