Hesselbrand Architects have revealed the design for Acquarossa Spa & Hotel in Switzerland, a 120 room hotel in the Swiss region of Ticino. Designed around well-being and experience-based tourism, the project utilizes a combination of traditional building materials and new construction technology to ground an environmentally sustainable approach in one of the most remote parts of Switzerland.
The Acquarossa Spa & Hotel was designed around the experience of alpine life. Echoing the language of the traditional rustic houses found in the local area, the design of the hotel is characterized by three timber structures placed on a stone plinth. The combination of natural and man-made materials was made to give the hotel a contemporary image, bridging modern architecture with the traditional buildings of the Swiss Alps.
The layout of the hotel and spa makes the most out of the wind and sun conditions. Large rectangular roofs are covered with plants and solar panels, and all stone used in the design comes from local quarries. Tall timber columns stretch from the ground to the top floors, with a cross laminated timber construction that uses local materials that are central to traditional Swiss buildings.
Inside, the hotel provides a range of standards in the different rooms and social spaces. In addition, the shared spaces between the buildings are designed for both the hotel guests and the local population of nearby villages. Acquarossa Spa & Hotel is set to complete in 2022.