Mario Botta Architetto is the firm behind this extraordinary wellness centre, hotel and spa situated in Arosa, a tranquil area in Switzerland. The Tschuggen Bergoase is a structure that successfully combines the natural landscape and lavish luxury.
This particular area in Switzerland is the home of a natural basin bordered by large mountains. That is why the architect decided to ‘build without building’ and emphasize their constructions that somewhat mimic the nature, but also present very modern architectural solutions, clearly drawing attention while respecting the natural surroundings. Some of the facilities are actually under the ground, thus becoming a part of the area, but showcasing large, tree-mimicking constructions above.
The part of the hotel that is under the ground is terraced and sloped, with large spaces that get more than enough light even though they are immerged into the ground. This sloping formation follows the shape of the terrain making it easier to be built and function.
The protruding constructions that adorn the basin provide a truly amazing visual effect, but also serve a practical use. These ‘technological trees’ are the best possible fusion of natural and technological, connecting the buildings with nature, providing loads of natural light, allowing amazing views of the stunning Swiss mountains and, at night, with clever use of artificial lighting, actually embellish the magical atmosphere of the area.
The interior has four different levels, including an external sauna, swimming pool and solarium that are placed on a lovely terracing which makes it look like it’s simply in the middle of untouched nature. A glass walkway connects the old part of the resort with the new, but the new part can also be accessed from the entrance level.
Tschuggen Bergoase Wellness Centre is a magical concoction of nature and modern architectural solutions that manages to provide full functionality of a luxurious resort in the middle of pristine nature without tainting it in any way, but actually accentuating its beauty. [via]
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