How do you create a memorable and luxurious hotel room experience, given 20 sqm in an existing hotel?
For the House of Architects at 7132 Hotel in Vals, Switzerland, the renovation of a series of guest rooms with a given size and structure involved a re-examination of the de nition of ‘luxury.’ We turned to the reduction and re nement of elements, focusing on scale, color, tactility, unexpected form, and connections to the natural context. Every aspect of the room, including lighting, bed, furniture, and the shower/wash basin, was custom- designed for the space, to elevate the routine aspects of a guests’ stay into an aesthetic experience.
Located within the deep rise of the Valser valley, two and a half hours from Zurich, the experience of traveling to the hotel is unique; you are embraced by an incredible mass of alpine rock, earth, and greenery. We drew on this immersive experience in the approach to the rooms, which are wrapped in locally-sourced natural materials – differing veins of the Valser stone, varying in color, cut, and texture, or striations of oak from nearby Graubünden forests. At the heart of the room is the hot-bent, cast glass shower piece designed by Morphosis and fabricated by Cricursa in Barcelona – an abstract sculptural object that stands in glowing contrast to the room’s natural surfaces.