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Old March 25th, 2015, 09:44 PM   #1
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VALS | Femme de Vals | 381m | 1250ft | 82 fl | Pro

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Morphosis Architects’ highly anticipated plans for a new luxury hotel in Vals has been unveiled. The proposal, selected by 7132 Ltd (and denounced by the jury) following an international competition, was lauded by the client for its “minimalist approach” that will “help the hotel blend with the mountain landscape at the existing resort campus.”

The ultra-thin, 381-meter-tall tower will be one of three Pritzker laureate-designed projects at the 7132 resort, joining Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals Spa and Tadao Ando’s Valser Path, which is slated for completion in 2017.

“The transparent and slim ‘7132 Tower’ will create a completely new world of hospitality in Vals,” says Ando. “I believe it will harmonize in the beautiful landscape and will attract and impress various guests and visitors from all over the world.”

“Specificity is really the central driver in our practice,” says Thom Mayne, principle at Morphosis. “Each design starts from unique conditions in site, program, performance… The architectural solution generated is correspondingly unique to each project. For the 7132 hotel and arrival, the incredible setting demands reducing materiality and presence in the design so that, as in all our work, the connection to site becomes paramount. As much as possible, the hotel is a minimalist act that reiterates the site and offers to the viewer a mirrored, refracted perspective of the landscape.”

The new 107-suite hotel will be defined by three forms, says Morphosis: “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.” The building’s slender profile and reflective skin intends to “camouflage” itself with the surrounding landscape while offering unprecedented views of the Alps.

This will be Morphosis’ first Swiss project, upon its completion in 2019.

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Old March 25th, 2015, 09:52 PM   #2
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Old March 25th, 2015, 09:56 PM   #3
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Already heard from this project. Crazy idea, but i hope it gets build! I just can't imagine it'll really happen until now .
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Old March 25th, 2015, 10:03 PM   #4
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The building looks great but it has to be the most pointless skyscraper ever proposed. I mean who needs a skyscraper when you have far taller mountains so close by
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Old March 25th, 2015, 10:19 PM   #5
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I agree. Don't spoil the great mountain landscape. Build this in a city.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 12:10 AM   #6
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wow, so amazing
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Old March 26th, 2015, 12:14 AM   #7
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Very cool! Really hope this one goes through. It's not often that towers are built in this context let alone a supertall!
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Old March 26th, 2015, 12:19 AM   #8
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Awesome, I love towers standing on their own like that.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 12:23 AM   #9
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not sure if awesome or insane. probably a bit of both!
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Old March 26th, 2015, 12:25 AM   #10
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Awesome, I love towers standing on their own like that.
The problem is that this tower isn't standing on its own. It is surrounded by many far taller mountains in close proximity. It is the most unimposing supertall in its context I have ever seen, because even though it is a supertall, it is utterly dwarfed in a gigantic mountain skyline. No megatall city could even come close to dwarfing a 381 meter supertall as sovereignly as the Vals mountains
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Old March 26th, 2015, 02:04 AM   #11
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Cool. We'll take it in the city. There is no point in building it out in the mountains.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 03:46 AM   #13
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Wow, funny how Vals could get a higher building than Houston, or LA. Should have some great views of the Alps.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 01:22 PM   #14
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who would have thought that the tallest building in europe outside russia would be in a town in switzerland and not London, Frankfurt or Paris. These slim hotels and residentials lately made me worry, because I prefer wider buildings. But the fact that these are for so few people, they can basically be built anywhere where the people come and it won't have any effect on the usual city demand, because the buildings are for under 100 people basically.
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no, switzerland.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 07:44 PM   #17
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The tower is named Femme de Vals.

Please change.


I hope the project is realized. When is the referendum.

Is there already a date?

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There is no chance of that tower ever becoming a reality.

For starters it would completely spoil the landscape and is just out of place. Furthermore winds in such a valley are usually a lot stronger than in a flat area and given how slim that tower is even the most advanced construction methods won't prevent it from swinging a lot, most likely resulting in people becoming sick in the upper floors.
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Is the tiny town of Vals really the right place for the tallest building in Europe?

Plans for a 381m high luxury hotel tower in a sleepy Alpine village have just been unveiled – and the designer is convinced it will fit right in. But is it any more than a castle in the air?

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Old March 26th, 2015, 08:14 PM   #20
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I agree. Don't spoil the great mountain landscape. Build this in a city.
Don’t spoil the mountains and don’t allow THIS anymore.



A supertall is the best response to urban sprawl in the mountains.
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