Developer plans to build world’s tallest hotel in tiny Swiss village

Swiss entrepreneur Remo Stoffel and US-based architect Morphosis have unveiled a plan to build the tallest building in Europe in the tiny Alpine village of Vals in the Canton of Graubünden.  

The 7132 Tower, as it will be called, will house a 107-room luxury hotel, and will rest on a podium that links it to neighbouring structures that contain bars, restaurants and a spa. 

Stoffel said the inspiration for the hotel came from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the ruler of Dubai: "I travel to Dubai on a regular basis and 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, the tallest tower, the largest shopping mall, the largest man-made island. Last year it welcomed around 12 million overnight visitors and is now planning to accommodate 20 million by 2020. That inspired me to realise my own vision." 

The design by Morphosis was selected because it was thought that its minimalist form and mirrored cladding would help the hotel blend with the mountain landscape. 

The 7132 resort will also contain buildings by three Pritzker Prize winning architects, the Therme Vals spa designed by the Swiss practice of Peter Zumthor and the Valser Path, by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. 

The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai which currently holds the record of the world’s largest hotel, standing at 355m, while the tallest building in Europe is presently the 374m Vostok Tower in Moscow. 

Image: A rendition of the 7132 tower

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