The new roof landscape at Uri Cantonal Hospital in Altdorf is based on the surrounding alpine environment and the local mountain, Uri Rotstock. The gently sculpted topography has pieces of rock and boulders of Aare granit alternating with lush vegetation. The composition of the alpine vegetation is made up of typical alpine roses (Rhododendron hirsutum and Rhododendron x intermedium), green alders (Alnus viridis) and Swiss mountain pines (Pinus mugo). This is enhanced with a species-rich herbaceous layer (Alchemilla alpina, Gentiana lutea, Leontopodium alpinum, Pulsatilla vulgaris and more), which recreates the look of the rocky and stony alpine landscape of Uri.

The new visual connections and views from the inpatient wards of the hospital are designed to be soothing and beneficial. At the same time, the alpine roof garden provides valuable habitat for native birds and insects.

Public works office, Canton of Uri

Project planning

2021-2025 (in stages)

Surface area
1300 m2

Darlington Meier Architekten AG, Zürich

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