Development of our towns and cities is a fact of life. It also extends to Alpine villages like Zermatt. I can’t remember when I last visited Zermatt and didn’t see the village’s skyline interrupted by at least one crane: the primary indicator of a building site.
Today’s first image is of a deserted and dilapidated building at Schwarzsee high above Zermatt. Even in its current state of neglect it still manages to retain character.
The second is a thin vertical slice of a new extensive building in the centre of Zermatt. This building delights me. It sits comfortably among older buildings, combining features of the village’s older styles with bold design elements such as this highly visible staircase.
If only all development was as sympathetic to its environment.
An alternative image of this staircase has been posted in ‘Wintry Reflections’.