The American architecture studio led by Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne has unveiled its design for a 381-metre-tall mirrored hotel tower in Vals, Switzerland.

Morphosis Architects has launched photos of a slim, glassy skyscraper that it says will mirror the surrounding landscape of the Swiss Alps.

“As considerably as achievable, the hotel is a minimalist act that re-iterates the web site and delivers to the viewer a mirrored, refracted viewpoint of the landscape,” mentioned Mayne.


The 53,000-square-metre creating will include 107 guest rooms and suites, as nicely as spas, a ballroom and a library, restaurants, a cafe, bar, sky bar and a gallery. It will also have a swimming pool and fitness centre.

“The tower’s reflective skin and slender profile camouflage with the landscape, abstracting and displacing the valley and sky,” said the architects. “The blend of one-area-per-floor and a narrow floor-plate afford exclusive panoramic views of the Alps.”


Morphosis was commissioned to layout the hotel following a controversial competition process, which saw the jury distance themselves from the appointment.

Due for completion in 2019, the building will be portion of the Vals resort, which presently includes a hotel as properly as a world-renowned spa building by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.


“Morphosis was picked by the client for the strength of their proposal, which uses a Minimalist strategy to support the hotel mix with the mountain landscape at the existing resort campus,” said a statement from the company.

“The new hotel and arrival is defined by three types: a podium linking the constructing with neighboring structures a cantilever containing a restaurant, cafe, spa, and bar – public amenities shared with the town and a tower holding a sky bar, restaurant, and 107 guest rooms with panoramic views.”


The construction is known as the 7132 Tower after the consumer 7132 Ltd, which manages the resort in Vals.

It will be Morphosis Architects’ initial undertaking in Switzerland. The LA-based mostly company is acknowledged for buildings including the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas and the Hollywood campus of Emerson School.


A total of eight companies have been initially shortlisted for the competitors, which was launched final June. The jury led by Sauerbruch Hutton co-founder Louisa Hutton recommended 3 schemes by Morphosis, American architect Steven Holl and London firm 6a Architects, ahead of 7132 manufactured its last decision.


But the five jurors later issued a statement by means of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects distancing themselves from the appointment, which they claimed took place when “a determination had not yet been made”.


7132 was founded by Vals resident Remo Stoffel, who bought the Swiss resort from the nearby government in 2012. 7132 now manages the current hotel as nicely as Zumthor’s Therme Vals spa – regarded as 1 of the Swiss architect’s most critical functions.

Developed over the only thermal springs in the Graubünden canton, the spa was completed in 1996. It functions walls of locally sourced Valser quartzite slabs and a grass roof.


Japanese architect Tadao Ando is also developing a park for the web site, named the Valser Path, which is due for completion in 2017.



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