The "House One" not only has an incredible history, but it also does important educational work. One would think that building a house out of wood, mud, hemp and stone is the most natural thing in the world. In fact, the natural carpenter and pioneer Lukas Gwerder had to research and try out a lot, as well as acquire old techniques, because unfortunately the handling of pure natural materials is hardly cultivated anymore.
As a guest, you can immediately feel the lifeblood that is literally in every centimeter. The construction took more than eight years and now Majken, Emanuel and their children live in the house and rent it out to interested guests who also want to enjoy a more sustainable life.
The house not only smells good, the organic shapes and the good indoor climate also create an incredibly comfortable atmosphere. The large windows let a lot of light into the interior and in the bedrooms walls made of pine wood have a calming effect and promote relaxation. But what is most fascinating is that the house is very modern at the same time and offers every comfort. What's more, it's a dream home with a natural pool, fireplace, wine cellar, hot tub and sauna.
For families or a group of friends who want to soak up a lot of nature, you can't really imagine a nicer place. The cozy eat-in kitchen with the warm clay oven, the reading room with the cozy pedestal or the huge garden. This house is full of inspiring ideas and lovely details. It is a house for eternity and at the same time - apart from a few parts - completely compostable. It really doesn't get any more sustainable.
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ArchitectureThe foundation of the house is the stone cellar, whose stones come from the excavated material. The moonwood construction erected on top of it was insulated with a hemp-lime layer. The outer surface is protected by cedar wood shingles and the building integrates almost seamlessly into the landscape. The wide roof covered with natural slate not only protects the interior but also the facade from wind and weather. The insulation provided by the natural materials ensures a good indoor climate and pleasant temperatures. Everything was planned and carried out with great care. The wood for the curved banisters, for example, was placed in the village stream for three weeks so that the wood could then be bent into a round shape. All rooms are outfitted with glue-free furniture and sustainably sourced fabrics, and handcrafted pottery stacks on the shelves in the rustic kitchen with rocking chairs.
FoodIn the garden, guests can take herbs, fruits and vegetables such as chard, tomatoes, courgettes, peas, aubergines and walnuts and hazelnuts. In the wine cellar you will find some good wines and local products for sale.
EnvironmentThe huge, partly wild garden offers many retreats for insects. Of course, the waste is separated or composted here. The house is heated with an air heat pump. There is also a clay oven in the heart of the spacious eat-in kitchen, which also produces hot water. The WiFi can be switched off at any time and all electrical cables have been specially shielded for an even more restful sleep.
Das Haus Eins in Seelisberg UR ist das erste seiner Art. Aus natürlichen Materialien gebaut, ist es fast vollständig biologisch abbaubar. Das Beste: Man kann es mieten.
Hoch oben in Seelisberg liegt das Haus Eins – das Erste seiner Art. Konsequent aus Naturmaterialien gebaut, vereint es Behaglichkeit, Ökologie und den Mut neue Wege zu gehen...
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It takes about 35 minutes to drive from Lucerne to Haus Eins (35 km). It's a good hour's drive from Zurich (85 km), from Bern it's just under 2 hours (143 km) and from Basel around 1.5 hours (133 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
Seelisberg is well connected to the public transport network. Either you come with the regular bus, the bus stop is about 600 meters from the house. Or you can cross the lake by boat and take the cogwheel train, which runs from Treib (directly on the lake) to Seelisberg all year round.
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