- Partners: Ambroise Bonvin, Claudia Bétrisey, Cédric Bonvin, Thomas Friberg, Pierre-Antoine Masserey
- Design Team: Stefan Hare, Amélie Grichting, Camille Mauchant, Tiago Coelho
- Client: Err Chetzeron
- City: Montana
- Country: Switzerland
Text description provided by the architects. Located at 2112m Altitude on a plateau overlooking the Rhone Valley, the Chetzeron design hotel is as spectacular as the most beautiful peaks in the Alps. Through its carefully thought-out architecture and its unique integration into its surroundings, this hotel pays homage to its extraordinary environment.
A former cable-car station, Chetzeron now houses a restaurant and 16 rooms, all with breath-taking views on the high mountain peaks.
The conversion has made it possible to create unusual volumes for a high-mountain hotel, as the large concrete structures typical of industrial buildings have been kept to provide a new visual atmosphere full of light.
The landscape becomes an integral part of the decor of the various spaces due to the large picture windows, and subtle dimming of the lights shows the grandeur of the circus of the Valais Alps to the south.
The atmosphere of the interiors is plush and cosy, while the restaurant and its cascade of terraces abound in bright sunshine. Noble, classic, warm materials – stone and oak – are used inside the hotel, from the central lobby to the bedrooms, for a feeling of safety and warmth in the rugged high mountain environment. The facades are covered with local stone contrasting with the industrial architecture and big horizontal window frames, and lead the eyes toward the outdoors.
Accessible on foot, by snowmobile or on skis from the top of the Cry d’Err cable car, the Chetzeron design hotel offers unique moments of serene tranquillity in the sunset whilst the last skiers go back down to the resort. In summer, only cowbells disturb the silence of the mountains. Chetzeron, with a high mountain setting.