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Morphosis Unveils Plans for 381-Meter-Tall Skyscraper in Vals

12:36 - 25 March, 2015
Morphosis Unveils Plans for 381-Meter-Tall Skyscraper in Vals, © Morphosis Architects
© Morphosis Architects

Morphosis Architectshighly anticipated plans for a new luxury hotel in Vals has been unveiled. The proposal, selected by 7132 Ltd (and denounced by the jury) following an international competition, was lauded by the client for its “minimalist approach” that will “help the hotel blend with the mountain landscape at the existing resort campus.” 

The ultra-thin, 381-meter-tall tower will be one of three Pritzker laureate-designed projects at the 7132 resort, joining Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals Spa and Tadao Ando’s Valser Path, which is slated for completion in 2017.

More images and a response from Tadao Ando, after the break. 

Podium. Image © Morphosis Architects Lobby. Image © Morphosis Architects Suite. Image © Morphosis Architects Penthouse. Image © Morphosis Architects +8

New Readings Of Space: Placing Pools Of Oil Inside A Baroque Abbey Church

04:00 - 19 March, 2015
New Readings Of Space: Placing Pools Of Oil Inside A Baroque Abbey Church, © We Find Wildness
© We Find Wildness

This sculptural installation, created by Swiss artist Romain Crelier, was exhibited at Bellelay Abbey in 2013. Although the structure dates back to the 12th century, the current Abbey Church of the Assumption was built by Franz Beer in a Vorarlberg Baroque style and completed in 1714.

Almost three hundred years later Crelier's piece, entitled La Mise en Abîme (which roughly translates to, 'to have put into an abyss'), placed two shallow pools of used engine oil to act as reflective mirrors. These 'puddles' "allow the viewers to interact with the architecture of the church by being pulled into the reflection so that they, in turn, become part of the sculpture themselves." According to We Find Wildness' interpretation, "the installation not only dispenses multiple visual thrills and mysteries but also offers a moment where sculpture creates another reading of space."

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The Apartment / BUREAU A

16:00 - 9 March, 2015
The Apartment / BUREAU A, Courtesy of BUREAU A
Courtesy of BUREAU A

Courtesy of BUREAU A Courtesy of BUREAU A Courtesy of BUREAU A Courtesy of BUREAU A +16

Refugi Lieptgas / Georg Nickisch + Selina Walder

04:00 - 9 March, 2015
Refugi Lieptgas / Georg Nickisch + Selina Walder, © Gaudenz Danuser
© Gaudenz Danuser

© Gaudenz Danuser © Ralph Feiner © Nuw © Gaudenz Danuser +16

WIPO Conference Hall / Behnisch Architekten

14:00 - 8 March, 2015
WIPO Conference Hall / Behnisch Architekten, © David Matthiessen
© David Matthiessen

© David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen +24

Herostrasse Office Building / Max Dudler

10:00 - 8 March, 2015
Herostrasse Office Building / Max Dudler, © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller +14

Bernex City Hall / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

12:00 - 5 March, 2015
Bernex City Hall / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +29

Primary School in Châteauneuf Sion / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

03:00 - 5 March, 2015
Primary School in Châteauneuf Sion / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, © Michel Bonvin
© Michel Bonvin

© Michel Bonvin © Michel Bonvin © Michel Bonvin © Michel Bonvin +15

House with One Wall / Christian Kerez

04:00 - 4 March, 2015
House with One Wall / Christian Kerez, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair +12

Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse / Christian Kerez

14:00 - 1 March, 2015
Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse / Christian Kerez, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair +13

HHF Architects Transform Existing Parking Structure into Public Destination

09:00 - 21 February, 2015
HHF Architects Transform Existing Parking Structure into Public Destination, Courtesy of HHF
Courtesy of HHF

Swiss firm HHF Architects have released images and drawings for "Parking & More," a mixed-use structure and public facility for Basel's Dreispitz quarter.

An addition to an existing steel parking complex, "Parking & More" combines a parking lot with eateries, sport facilities, and shops, "creating a vibrant and lively street and a partially covered urban plaza." The project is adjacent to BIG's Transitlager ad Herzog & de Meuron's 312 Helsinki Dreispitz, forming a triumvirate of new developments that reflect the area's rapid rates of densification and urbanisation. Read more about "Parking & More" and view selected images after the break.

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Haus K / Sonja & Thilo Kurzemann

01:00 - 18 February, 2015
Haus K  / Sonja & Thilo Kurzemann, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +30

Lichtstrasse / HHF Architects

00:00 - 16 February, 2015
Lichtstrasse / HHF Architects, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lichtstrasse 9, 4056 Basel, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER with Cella Hubel, Nicole Baron, Philippe Guillod, Walter Gloor, Yujin Hirase, Lisa Lo, Daichi Takano, Jens Van Zele, Christian Weyell
  • Artist

    Erik Steinbrecher
  • Area

    3059.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Maris Mezulis © Maris Mezulis © Julien Lanoo © Maris Mezulis +39

Jurors Deny Support of Morphosis’ Vals Hotel Appointment

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
Jurors Deny Support of Morphosis’ Vals Hotel Appointment , Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor. Image © CC Flickr User Richard Tucker
Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor. Image © CC Flickr User Richard Tucker

A group of five high-profile jurors, lead by Louisa Hutton of Berlin-based Sauerbruch Hutton, have issued a statement through the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) denying any support of Morphosis’ appointment to design the 7132 Hotel in Vals, Switzerland. According to reports, the jury had “significant question marks” regarding the chosen design, ultimately leading to the high-profile competition’s termination when the jury failed to recommend a winner. This seems to be a result of the client and jury’s inability to find common ground. 

Zürich Main Station / Dürig AG

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Zürich Main Station / Dürig AG, © Ruedi Walti
© Ruedi Walti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zurich Main Station, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Baumann Armin, Brantschen Armin, Breckner Irene, Buckingham Bruce, Cornuz Gilbert, Domagalski Joanna, Dürig Jean-Pierre, Dürr Judith, Fitzi Otto, Handte Sandra, Isler Dominik, Kaufmann Isabelle, Kempf Simon, Kimmig Bettina, Kitanishi Luiza, Labhart Katharina, Laue Sacha, Noe Tobias, Ramser Benedict, Simic Sandra, Trottmann Simone, Wengle Martin
  • Area

    95000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti +37

Espace St-Marc / Voltolini architectures SARL + Jean-Paul Chabbey

01:00 - 10 February, 2015
Espace St-Marc  / Voltolini architectures SARL +  Jean-Paul Chabbey, © Jean-Pierre Boss
© Jean-Pierre Boss

© Jean-Pierre Boss © Jean-Pierre Boss © Jean-Pierre Boss © Jean-Pierre Boss +27

Morphosis Chosen to Design New Luxury Hotel in Vals

00:00 - 6 February, 2015
Morphosis Chosen to Design New Luxury Hotel in Vals, Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor. Image © CC Flickr User Richard Tucker
Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor. Image © CC Flickr User Richard Tucker

Morphosis Architects has been chosen ahead of Steven Holl, 6a Architects and four others in an international competition to design a new “7132 Hotel” in Vals, Switzerland. The 100-suite luxury hotel, planned to be built adjacent to Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals spa, is expected to be unveiled this Spring.

Conversion Hammergut / EM2N

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei
  • Architects

  • Location

    6330 Cham, Switzerland
  • Partners

    Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli
  • Project Leaders

    Noémi Necker, Gerry Schwyter (associate), Michael Zürcher
  • Area

    7000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Simon Menges © Roger Frei © Simon Menges © Roger Frei +19