american architect thom mayne has added two rooms and a new entrance building to a hotel complex in switzerland that also includes work by japanese architects ando and kengo kuma. the site — which most notably includes the peter zumthor-designed therme vals spa — dates back to approximately 1500 BC, when the people of the middle bronze age were among the first to appreciate the soothing power of the region’s warm spring water.
the ‘stone room’ is made from locally quarried quartzite
all images courtesy of the 7132 hotel
mayne, who leads architecture firm morphosis, was commissioned by the 7132 hotel to design two new guest suites — ‘wood room’ and ‘stone room’. as the names suggest, the former is clad entirely with timber, while the latter is made from locally quarried quartzite — the same material which zumthor used for the adjacent spa. both facilities feature a glass shower in the center of the room, with a balcony that overlooks the alpine landscape beyond.
morphosis was also asked to revamp the resort’s lobby area. now complete, a new entrance building and driveway seek to provide the hotel with a greater sense of arrival, welcoming guests to the luxury retreat. an overhead aperture at the center of the brilliant white structure has been designed to shine a spotlight on visitors, putting them at the center of the scheme from the moment of their arrival. in march 2015, morphosis revealed the design of a planned luxury high-rise hotel in vals, also for 7132 ltd.