Details have been revealed of a 381m-high hotel planned for the Swiss resort of Vals.
Morphosis Architects has unveiled the design for the new 7132 Hotel and Arrival, which it claims uses a ‘minimalist’ design approach.
The plans are for a building that will be more than 70m taller than The Shard in London and comparable with Moscow’s Federation Tower. At 49,998m2, the hotel will have 107 rooms.
Morphosis named a project team that included Thornton Tomasetti Group as structural engineers, Arup as mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, and Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin as wind tunnel consultants.
Morphosis Architects design director Thom Mayne said: “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.”
It will be part of the 7132 resort, which will feature buildings by three Pritzker Prize winning architects, including the Therme Vals spa designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and the Valser Path by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, due for completion in 2017.
The hotel plans are not without controversy. Some have wondered whether the looming structure is a little incongrous for a tiny alpine village.