This spa is top class architecture.
There is not exactly a lack of sharp peaks in Switzerland, but as I approach the Bergoase spa in Arosa, not far from the winter sports resort of Davos, it is like coming to another world where alpine peaks and architecture play together.
The spa complex is low compared to the high block it belongs to, the traditional Tschuggen Grand Hotel.
The glass canopy is almost like a sparkling forest on top of the lower floors.
The build was completed in 2006 and Bergoase is considered one of Europe’s leading spa fascilities.
An Architect That Raises The Wing Spin
The first time after the architect of this project, Swiss Mario Botta, established himself in Lugano in 1970, he designed buildings in the southern Ticino part of Switzerland.
With projects such as the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (with the planned extension of Snøhetta), Chiesa a Seriate in Bergamo and the chapel on Mount Tamaro, Botta established itself as today’s major international architects.
Buildings with strong character
His projects are visually strong, such as this futuristic villa in Holland and the Wallpaper favorite White House just outside Oslo.
A spa shaped like a cathedral
– This is exciting, very expressive architecture, says Eirik T. Bøe, editor of architecture in Store Norwegian lexicon to bonytt.com
– It is a project not characterized by traditional modernism. To that’s too figurative.
An architect who inspires
Otherwise, Bøe believes that Mario Botta has been one of the greatest inspiration sources in recent European architecture.
– His buildings are characterized by a monumental simplicity, with geometric forms enriched with delicate detailing and decorations, concludes the expert.
Pedestrian walkway glass
The connection from the wellness center to the venerable Tschuggen Hotel close by is an airy bridge, almost a pedestrian street covered with glass to both sides.
Now, the cool mini-cabins come
The aim of the project was, among other things, to highlight the large building mass on the ground level with nine so-called “skylight” elements.
They rise high in the air, almost like foliage or leaves, and when illuminated from inside, they glitter like shining trees against the mountains in the background.
Four floors of well-being
This module design with separate skylight units laid the foundation for a highly flexible organization of the plant.
The first floor is the fitness room, the other is the treatment rooms, the third floor is furnished with saunas, and in the fourth you will find the swimming pools.
An interior heater
In addition to steel and glass facades, the building is characterized by lunchtime Canadian salary in the interior and a special type of chalk white granite on the walls.
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