Remo Stoffel has chosen a minimalist design by US architect Morphosis for the 381m-tall structure in the Swiss Alps. The structure in Vals would eclipse the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai, which currently holds the record at 355m.
The aim is for the Swiss 107-room luxury hotel to open in 2019.
Stoffel, who is chairman of Dubai-based facilities management company Farnek, said that the inspiration for the hotel came from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. “Due to my involvement with Farnek, I travel to Dubai on a regular basis and I am always amazed at how quickly the city grows and what it has achieved. It is now home to the busiest airport in the world, tallest tower, tallest hotel, the largest shopping mall, largest man-made island, the list goes on.” He added that many had been unsure that Sheikh Mohammed’s vision for Dubai would ever be realised. “Undeterred, Dubai stuck steadfastly to its strategy and last year it welcomed around 12 million overnight visitors and is now planning to accommodate 20 million visitors by 2020,” said Stoffel. “That inspired me to realise my own vision, by forming 7132 Ltd, commissioning this stunning design, which will be built in my home town of Vals within four years.”
The unveiling of the design followed an international competition launched by 7132 Ltd - derived from the town’s Swiss postal code - last June, in which eight of the world’s leading architectural practices contended for the opportunity to design the hotel.
The design created by Morphosis was selected for its minimalist approach to help the hotel blend with the mountain landscape at the existing resort. There will be a podium linking the building with neighboring structures; a cantilever containing a restaurant, café, spa and bar – public amenities shared with the town; and a tower holding a sky bar, restaurant, and 107 guest rooms with panoramic views.
With the completion of the hotel, the 7132 resort will feature buildings by three Pritzker Prize winning architects, including the Therme Vals spa designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and the Valser Path by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, which is slated for completion in 2019.