Your browser is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this websites. Learn how to update your browser[Close]

US influence

Controversial modernism in the Alps

 See in another language: 1  Languages: 1
Embed code

A look back at how two brothers introduced American-styled architecture to a remote Swiss village in the 1950s. (SRF,

The Guscetti brothers, one an engineer and one an architect, built houses inspired by American modernism in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino. Houses in the village of Ambri built by the duo contrasted starkly with the traditional sloped roof stone houses common to the area.

Their designs were such a sensation that German toy manufacturer Faller went on to produce hundreds of thousands of model houses, the “Villa in Ticino”, inspired by the Guscetti brothers’ buildings.

“The Dream of America”, an exhibition in Stans has traced the influence of American modernism in Switzerland to Bürgenstock and the Ambri area.