All images courtesy of Morphosis Architects
Morphosis Architects have revealed the design of a new luxury hotel to be built in Vals, Switzerland. The unveiling of the scheme follows an international competition in which eight of the world’s leading architectural practices contended for the opportunity to complete the project. The concept is defined by three primary forms: a podium linking the building with neighboring structures; a cantilever containing a restaurant, café, spa, and bar – public amenities shared with the town; and a 381 meter-tall tower containing a sky bar, restaurant, and 107 guest rooms with sweeping panoramic views.
With the completion of the hotel, the 7132 Resort will feature buildings by three Pritzker Prize winners, including the internationally renowned Therme Vals Spa designed by Peter Zumthor and the Valser Path by Japanese Architect Tadao Ando, which is slated for completion in 2017.
‘The transparent and slim ‘7132 Tower’ designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis will create a completely new world of hospitality in Vals,’ commented Ando. ‘I believe it will harmonize in the beautiful landscape and will attract and impress various guests and visitors from all over the world.’
Commenting on the opportunity, Thom Mayne says: ‘specificity is really the central driver in our practice. Each design starts from unique conditions in site, program, performance… the architectural solution generated is correspondingly unique to each project. For the 7132 hotel and arrival, the incredible setting demands reducing materiality and presence in the design so that, as in all our work, the connection to site becomes paramount. As much as possible, the hotel is a minimalist act that re-iterates the site and offers to the viewer a mirrored, refracted perspective of the landscape.’
The resort’s ongoing development is born out of the collaboration between the complex’s long-time executive director Pius Truffer and 7132 Ltd Founder Remo Stoffel, both local residents who were born in Vals. The group has owned and operated the Therme Vals since 2012, when 7132 purchased the resort from the municipality. The hotel is is scheduled for completion by 2019.