Dubai-inspired world's tallest hotel to be erected in the Swiss Alps

Published March 31st, 2015 - 01:11 GMT

A Swiss entrepreneur announced on Sunday that he will build the world’s tallest hotel in the Alps after he was inspired by the vision of Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Remo Stoffel, chairman of Dubai-based Farnek, a facilities management company in the Middle East has collaborated with an American architect Morphosis to unveil the design of the 381-metre structure, which will have 107 rooms and is scheduled to open in 2019.

The hotel, to be situated in the entrepreneur’s hometown of Vals in Switzerland, will be built within four years. The structure strikes a slight resemblance to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower.

“The transparent and slim 7132 Tower designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis will create a completely new world of hospitality in Vals,” said Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

“I believe it will harmonize with the beautiful landscape.”

Stoffel said it is the success story of Dubai and Shaikh Mohammad’s vision for the emirate that inspired him to launch the ambitious project.

“I’m 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,” Stoffel said.

“During its early development, many local, regional and international observers, some more vocal than others, were unsure that Shaikh Mohammad’s vision for Dubai would ever be realized. Even if the infrastructure was put in place, how would Dubai attract enough visitors to fill the thousands of new hotel rooms being built?”

“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.

Inspired by Shaikh Mohammad’s vision, Stoffel said he created 7132 Ltd, which is derived from the town’s Swiss postal code, and commissioned the design of the project.

In June last year, an international competition was launched to encourage architects to create a design of the hotel. The winning design, created by Morphosis, was chosen for its minimalist approach that will enable the hotel to blend with the mountain landscape.

“The new hotel and arrival is defined by three forms: 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,” a press release said.

The area where the hotel will be built will be called “7132 resort” and will also feature buildings by three Pritzker Prize winning architects, including internationally renowned Therme Vals spa designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and the  Valser Path by Ando.

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