Morphosis proposes “Brutal” skyscraper next to Zumthor’s Therme Vals

Morphosis proposes “Brutal” skyscraper next to Zumthor’s Therme Vals
[Vals] Switzerland
metalocus, ALEX DURO
Valley from skyscraper. Rendering © Morphosis Architects
The American architecture office led by Thom Mayne [Pritzker Prize ] has presented its skyscraper project of 381m. tall in Vals, Switzerland. Mayne has defined his proposal as "Minimalist" (?).

Morphosis was commissioned to design the hotel following a controversial competition process, which saw the jury distance themselves from the appointment.

Due for completion in 2019, the building will be part of the Vals resort, which already includes a hotel as well as a world-famous spa building by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. Japanese architect Tadao Ando is also designing a park for the site, called the Valser Path, which is due for completion in 2017.

"As much as possible, the hotel is a minimalist act that re-iterates the site and offers to the viewer a mirrored, refracted perspective of the landscape," said Mayne.

The 53,000sqm building will include 107 guest rooms and suites, as well as spas, a ballroom and a library, restaurants, a cafe, bar, sky bar and a gallery. It will also have a swimming pool and fitness centre.

"The tower's reflective skin and slender profile camouflage with the landscape, abstracting and displacing the valley and sky," said Morphosis. "The combination of one-room-per-floor and a narrow floor-plate afford exclusive panoramic more


Thom Mayne.- (b. January 19, 1944, in Waterbury, Connecticut) is a Los Angeles-based architect. Educated at University of Southern California (1969) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1978, Mayne helped found the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972, where he is a trustee. Since then he has held teaching positions more