Morphosis Architects has revealed details and renderings of a planned luxury hotel featuring 7132 Tower, in Vals, Switzerland. Morphosis won the commission for the project in February through an international competition.
The design, which was conceptualized by Morphosis design director, Thom Mayne, FAIA, and produced in collaboration with 7132 Ltd., features a slim, transparent tower that will rest alongside projects by two fellow Pritzker Prize-winning architects in Vals, Switzerland. The 381-meter-tall (1250-foot) tower will be closely neighbored by the Therme Vals spa, designed by Peter Zumthor, Hon. FAIA, as well the upcoming Valser Path by Tadao Ando, Hon. FAIA, which is slated for completion in 2017. Coated with a reflective skin, the tower’s slender-profiled façade will mirror unprecedented views of the Vals village.
The hotel will use a minimalist approach to blend and unify the mirrored skyscraper with the mountain landscape at the existing resort campus. The project is defined by three forms: a podium that links the building with its neighboring structures; a cantilevered volume that contains a restaurant, café, spa, and bar (which will be publicly available and shared with residents of the town); and a tower that contains a sky bar, a second restaurant, and 107 guest rooms with panoramic views. Each form is designed to respond to the alpine landscape.
Ando, who is also currently in progress of completing Valser Path commented, “I would like to respect Therme Vals by Peter Zumthor, and look forward to seeing the harmony with 7132 Tower by Thom Mayne and Valser Path by myself in the village of Vals.”
7132 Hotel is the first project in Switzerland for Los Angeles- and New York-based Morphosis Architects, which was founded in 1972 by design director Thom Mayne.
Commenting on the opportunity, Mayne said, “Specificity is really the central driver in our practice... 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.”
7132 Hotel is scheduled for completion by 2019.