Morphosis unveils design for new skyscraper in Vals, Switzerland

25 March 2015 (Last Updated March 25th, 2015 18:30)

Morphosis Architects has unveiled design for a planned new luxury hotel in Vals, Switzerland.

7132 Hotel

Morphosis Architects has unveiled designs for a planned new luxury hotel in Vals, Switzerland.

The new design was selected by 7132 Ltd, following an international competition that was launched by the company in June last year, in which eight leading architectural practices participated.

Claimed to be ultra-thin, the 381-metre-tall tower would be one three buildings planned at the 7132 resort.

The Morphosis-designed tower will join Swiss architect Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals Spa, and Japanese architect Tadao Ando's Valser Path, which is expected to be complete by 2017.

According to Morphosis, the new hotel is defined by three forms, which include a podium linking the building with neighbouring structures.

The 107-room hotel will also feature a cantilever containing a restaurant, café, spa, and bar. these public amenities will be shared with the town, in addition to the tower holding a sky bar and restaurant.

Tadao Ando said: "The transparent and slim '7132 Tower', designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis, will create a completely new world of hospitality in Vals.

"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."

"I believe it will harmonise with the beautiful landscape, and will attract and impress various guests and visitors from all over the world."

Morphosis Architects design director Thom Mayne said: "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."


Image: New 7132 Hotel in Vals, Switzerland. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Morphosis Architects