World’s Tallest Hotel Planned For Tiny Alps Village
Where will the tallest hotel
structure on the globe be built? Not Dubai, not Hong Kong, not New York, but
Vals, a small village in the Swiss Alps.
A U.S. architect and a Swiss
entrepreneur have teamed up on the unlikely project that will see a 381-metre
‘transparent and slim’ structure created to house a 107-room luxury hotel.
Swiss entrepreneur Remo Stoffel along with U.S.-based architecture firm
Morphosis unveiled the design. Once completed in 2019, the hotel will eclipse
the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai, which currently holds the vertical
hospitality record at 355 metres tall.
According to Stoffel, Chairman
of Dubai-based Farnek, one of the leading facilities management companies in
the Middle East, the inspiration for the hotel came from Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid, the Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“Due to my involvement with
Farnek, I travel to Dubai on a regular basis and I am always amazed at how
quickly the city grows and what it has achieved. It is now home to the busiest
airport in the world, tallest tower, tallest hotel, the largest shopping mall,
largest man-made island, the list goes on.
“During its early development,
many local, regional and international observers, some more vocal than others,
were unsure that Sheikh Mohammed’s vision for Dubai would ever be realized.
Even if the infrastructure was put in place, how would Dubai attract enough
visitors to fill the thousands of new hotel rooms being built? Undeterred,
Dubai stuck steadfastly to its strategy and last year it welcomed around 12
million overnight visitors and is now planning to accommodate 20 million
visitors by 2020.
“That inspired me to realize
my own vision, by forming 7132 Ltd, commissioning this stunning design, which
will be built in my home town of Vals within four years,” said Stoffel.
The unveiling of the design
followed an international competition launched by 7132 Ltd (derived from the
town’s Swiss postal code) last June, in which eight of the world’s leading
architectural practices contended for the opportunity to design the hotel.
The design created by
Morphosis was selected for its minimalist approach to help the hotel blend with
the mountain landscape at the existing resort campus. The new hotel and arrival
is defined by three forms: a podium linking the building with neighboring
structures; a cantilever containing a restaurant, café, spa, and bar – public
amenities shared with the town; and a tower holding a sky bar, restaurant, and
107 guest rooms with panoramic views.
With the completion of the
hotel, the 7132 resort will feature buildings by three Pritzker Prize winning
architects, including the internationally renowned Therme Vals spa designed by
Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and the Valser Path by Japanese architect Tadao
Ando, which is slated for completion in 2019.
“The transparent and slim
“7132 Tower” designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis will create a completely new
world of hospitality in Vals,” Ando says. “I believe it will harmonize with the