Herzog & de Meuron
Project
2003, 2005
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Process

Hotel Schatzalp, a landmark early modernist building in Davos — a “climatic health spa” — was originally built as a sanatorium.

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The Schatzalp, which is connected to Davos by a funicular railway, is treated by the architects as part of this Alpine town.

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Herzog & de Meuron develop a range of variants for an extension to the hotel. A tower creates a new icon visible from afar.

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The volume of the tower is derived from the existing hotel. Its position allows optimal access and creates visual connections with prominent locations in the surrounding area.

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The crystalline structure of the tower suggests numerous references to the natural world of the mountains.

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The cylindrical shape of the tower avoids the hierarchy of front and back and ensures that all its rooms have spectacular views of the mountains.

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The rooms, with wooden balconies and alcoves, are arranged around the central services core in a honeycomb pattern.

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The multifunctional tower can accommodate a variety of room layouts in the hotel and the apartments; some may even have echoes of historic interiors.

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The renovation of the funicular clarifies the oneness of the Schatzalp and Davos Platz.

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The tower, rising from the mountain station, is a landmark for the whole landscape. A short ride in the funicular takes visitors directly into the six-story lobby.

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Team

Facts

Client
Berghotel Schatzalp AG
Planning
Architect Planning: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Cost Consultant: Ernst Basler + Partner, Zurich, Switzerland
HVAC Engineering: Berchtold, Stans, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann Ingenieure, Chur, Switzerland
Specialist / Consulting
Facade Engineering: Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG, Münchenstein, Switzerland
Building Data
Gross floor area (GFA): 193'750 sqft, 18'000 sqm
Number of levels: 29
Length: 104 ft, 32 m
Width: 114 ft, 35 m
Height: 344 ft, 105 m
Gross volume (GV): 66'744'783 cbft, 1'890'000 cbm
Links
www.schatzalp.ch

Bibliography

Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.): “Arquitectura Viva. Herzog & de Meuron 1978-2007.” 2nd rev. ed. Madrid, Arquitectura Viva, 2007.

“Werdende Wahrzeichen. Simboli in Divenire.” Edited by: Kunst Merian, Susanne Waiz. Exh. Cat. “Werdende Wahrzeichen. Simboli in Divenire.” Kunst Meran im Haus der Sparkasse, Meran. Merano Arte edificio Cassa di Risparmio, Meran. 10 February – 15 April 2007. Vienna / New York, Springer, 2007.

Nobuyuki Yoshida (Ed.): “Architecture and Urbanism. Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2006.” Tokyo, A+U Publishing Co., Ltd., 08.2006.