Author: Mariam Saleh
Ski season in Switzerland is in full swing with fabulous weather conditions on our favorite mountain resorts. From glittery Gstaad to the sophisticated winter wonderlands of Graubünden, St. Moritz. We collected some of the finest Swiss ski hotels for you.
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1. InterContinental Davos – Oikos Architects Munich
2. Chedi Andermatt – Architect Jean-Michel Gathy
Owned by Virgin boss Richard Branson, The Lodge is equipped with an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, two bars, and even a mini ice-skating rink. All nine rooms are uniquely designed and decorated — a pleasing mix of traditional chalet-style and contemporary — and are luxurious to boot. Though individual rooms can be booked from $700 a night, the entire lodge can also be rented exclusively, currently starting at $100,000 a week (15-person staff included).
We are celebrating a fantastic start into the week with some great news from Paris! STUDIOFORMA won the Popai award in the category Commercial Fixtures with the Canal Plus Pop-Up Booth against the other two final nominee projects Bioderma and Roger & Gallet.
„Das neue Kornhaus präsentiert sich als formschöner Kubus. Es erinnert formal an ein Getreidebündel und stellt einen eleganten neuen Bezugspunkt in der Stadt dar.“ So beschreibt die Kornhaus Broschüre der Swissmill den 118 Meter hohen Bunker welcher inmitten des trendigen Zürich-West Quartier vermehrt negative Aufmerksamkeit generiert.
Der amerikanische Regisseur Stanley Kubrick hat es vorgemacht. Ein Monolith, anno 2001, erregt Gemüter und kann im Jahr 1968 recht zukunftsweisend wirken. Aber wie wirkt so ein Monolith aus Beton, welcher rektangulär und über hundert Meter hoch inmitten von Zürich platziert ist, und das im jungen 21. Jahrhundert? Wie Kubrick’s Affen starren wir, die von schöner Natur und Wellness gesegneten Zürcher, auf den Swissmill Betonbunker aka „118 Meter Hässlichkeit“. (NZZ am Sonntag vom 16.04.2016)
Industrie Romantik versus Stadtentwicklung
Zugegeben, das Kornhaus des Schweizer Volkes spart nicht mit sinnlichen, beinahe romantischen Assoziationen: Das Kornhaus ist eine Hommage an den geschätzten Baustoff Beton, dessen Materialbeschaffenheit am besten dient um unser wertvolles Getreide zu beschützen. Ein Symbol für die Industrie und eine Huldigung des Quartiers in seinem Ursprung. Daneben dient er auch als Schattenspender an der Badi Letten.
Aber hier zeigt sich wieder die Frage, welche Relevanz Industriebauten für die Stadtentwicklung haben. Wo bleibt die Revitalisierung von Industriebauten und dessen ästhetische Integration in den Städtebau?
Architektur – Eine Kulisse für Zeit und Kultur
Wir sind Architekten aus Leidenschaft. Wir geben zu, Architektur darf gerne groß sein und einfach auch nur funktionieren. Architektur muss aber nicht immer nur groß sein – Kreativität übersteigt manchmal Enormität. Architektur darf wie die Mode, Musik, die Literatur und Kunst, polarisieren. Architektur kann schön sein, Architektur kann auch hässlich sein. Architektur kann gerne virtuos und exzentrisch sein. Wir finden dennoch Architektur – in solch kolossalem Ausmaß – darf und sollte Rücksicht auf den Zeitgeist seiner Epoche nehmen.
Konzept für Fassadengestaltung: Planting Urbanism
Wir empfehlen ein Facelift für den Swissmill Turm. Eine Symbiose von Mailand’s hochgefeierten Bosco Verticale und Anish Kapoor’s ultra-coolem Cloud Gate im Millennium Park Chicago. Eine sinn-bildliche Verbindung von Himmel und Erde in Zürich. Eine Gleichsetzung von Natur und Hi-Tech.
Tagsüber ein Wolkenkratzer der nicht an den Wolken kratzt, sondern uns den Himmel und die Stadt widerspiegelt und dank der vertikalen Bepflanzung eine attraktive Stadt-Dschungel-Atmosphäre ausstrahlt.
Nachts gibt das Silo den Zürchern das was der Prime Tower nicht schafft – eine faszinierende Kulisse mit der Kompetenz zum Dialog und zur Unterhaltung der Bürger anhand Licht und Farbbespielung.
Dame Zaha Hadid was renowned for her futuristic forms. Her buildings swooped, curved, and undulated in dramatic and unusual ways. Her designs can be found in cities around the world, including the London Aquatics Center, which was built for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the opera house in Guangzhou, China.
Hadid, born in Baghdad in 1950, became a revolutionary force in British architecture even though for many years she struggled to win commissions in the UK. The Iraqi government described her death as “an irreplaceable loss to Iraq and the global community”. She studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before launching her architectural career in London at the Architectural Association.
By 1979 she had established her own practice in London – Zaha Hadid Architects – and gained a reputation across the world for ground-breaking theoretical works including The Peak in Hong Kong (1983) the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin (1986) and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales (1994).
The first major build commission that earned her international recognition was the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany (1993). Her scheme to build the Cardiff Bay opera house was scrapped in the 1990s and she didn’t produce a major building in the UK until she built the transport museum in Glasgow, which was completed in 2011. Other notable projects included the MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (2009) and the Heyder Aliyev Centre in Baku (2013). Buildings such as the Rosenthal Centre of Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (2003) andf the Guangzhou Opera House in China (2010) were also hailed as architecture that transformed ideas of the future.
She became the first women recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, architecture’s highest honour. She twice won the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, the RIBA Stirling Prize. Other awards included the Republic of France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale.
She was recently awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ 2016 royal gold medal, the first woman to be awarded the prestigious honour in her own right.
Our sincere condolences goes out to her family, friends and fans.
We are proudly introducing STUDIOFORMA DESIGNLAB first furniture collection at this years Milan Design Week. Join our launch event in Milan on Tuesday April 12. Location: Meroni & Colzani Showroom, Via Paola da Cannobio 9
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In its quest to discover the best interior designers in the world, the International Property Awards invited companies to present their finest work. The judging committee chaired by two members of the House of Lords scrutinised hundreds of entries and STUDIOFORMA was a top scoring entrant for the category INTERIOR DESIGN APARTMENT for its Apartment Makeover Project in Zurich.
The International Property Award is the world’s largest, most prestigious, and widely recognised programme. The 2015/16 International Property Awards has received more than 2.000 entries from over 110 countries. The total worth of the competing projects reached an astronomical figure of £20 billion. The rewards received over 400 entries from 61 countries for the INTERIOR DESIGN category.
The judges not only look for the most impressive and innovative projects, they also examine the sustainability and eco-friendliness of every property. After a year-long evaluation the judging panel of 70 experts revealed the final results on December 7th 2015 during a presentation ceremony at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London.
STUDIOFORMA has been named “Best in Europe” in the Interior Design Apartment category at the final summit. STUDIOFORMA competed against the best property professionals in the World to win the title of “Europe’s Best”, property’s highest accolade, with the project “Apartment Makeover, Lake Zurich”.
STUDIOFORMA’s Founding Partners Alex Leuzinger and Miriam Vazquez accepted the prize during the glittering award ceremony in London. “The most important was not so much how the overall apartment will look, but how it will make the client and his family feel. We are not talking about the implicitness of well-selected material, texture, décor and lightning. The focus clearly was, to understand and to indulge our client’s passion for a certain lifestyle and to translate even playful ideas and habits into a sophisticated interior environment.”
ABOUT THE WINNING PROJECT “APARTMENT MAKEOVER, LAKE ZURICH”
Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo or Prada – the owner of this apartment is a dedicated fashion Aficionado and Sartorialist. The showrooms of these Italian luxury fashion designer brands are splendidly styled with elegance and were the main source of inspiration for a complete makeover of this apartment located on Lake Zurich in Switzerland.
The client’s first wish was to replace only the old sofa in his reception room, but then quickly decided on a complete change of the interior, with customized finishes and furnishing that reenergize the atmosphere and underline his affection for Italian design aesthetics.
Main design highlight: More than 600 m² of premium dark rosewood now panels the wall of the 250 m² apartment. The 300 year old rosewood has been polished seven times and coated with a vintage car finish technique by an Italian old-timer restoration workshop. This treatment gives the noble old rosewood a high-grade finish with three-dimensional depth.
Another Fashion Week season just ended and spoiled us with glamorous and beautiful news from New York, London, Milan and Paris. But for designers dominating the world’s runways is just not enough. A growing number of iconic fashion brands and designers, whether Louis Vuitton, and Maison Martin Margiela , have been teaming up with high-end resorts and hotels to put their distinctive mark on properties around the globe.
Some, like Bottega Veneta or Dior, were tapped to rework the décor of a suite, while other brands and companies, like Armani or Bulgari, Versace and Camper have launched their own hotel brands. These ultra-chic living spaces reflect the fashion brand’ unique personalities and reflects the way that they themselves would choose to travel and live. Find below our recommended reservation list:
Cheval Blanc continues the prestigious tradition that is the sublimely French Art de Recevoir. LVMH offers most sophisticated design and highest level of hospitality in Courchevel, the Maldives, Saint-Barthelemy and soon in Paris. Starting at 2.800 USD per night in one-bedroom villa 240 sqm with 12.5 metre private infinity pool, private white sand beach and tropical garden with outdoor dining pergola included.
A five star luxury boutique Hotel designed by Martin Margiela. Daily rate starting at 650 Euro per night for a Couture Suite.
3. Bulgari Hotels & Resorts in Milan, London, Bali, Shanghai, Beijing and Dubai
Located in some of the world’s most exclusive places, granting yourself a Bulgari experience starts at 9.600 GBP per night for Bulgari II-VII Suite with 1 Kingsize Bed and 2 Bathrooms in London or 9.000 GBP per night for a Five-Bedroom Bulgari Mansion Villa in Bali with 5 Bedrooms and Private Pool.
4. Hotel Casa Camper in Berlin and Barcelona
Located in two creative, vibrant cities in Europe, Barcelona and Berlin, starting at a daily raite for 366 Euro for the 64 sqm Camper Suite with private Lounge area and a separate Master Suite with Kingsize Bed and two Bathrooms.
Armani Hotels offers two timeless elegant hotels designed by Giorgio Armani in Milan and Dubai. A 70 sqm classic Armani room for 2 adults with city view starts with 580 Euro per night. The 360 sqm Armani Suite inside Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, ready for 6 persons with King Size bedding and City View costs around 6.200 Euro per night.
6. Hotel Notre Dame Saint-Michel Paris and Hotel du Petit Moulin by Christian Lacroix
A Double Room Deluxe at four star Hotel du Petit Moulin starts at 335 Euro per night. A Double Room for two person starts at three star Hotel Notre Dame starts at 280 Euro per night.
Lungarno Hotel Collections operated by Gruppo Ferragamo comprises utmost luxurious accommodations, yacht clubs, spa and dining locations in Florence, Rome and Tuscany. One night in a 56 sqm Penthouse Suite on the top floor with panoramic view on Florence starts at 1.500 Euro.
One night in a St. Regis New York’s Designer Suite with 214 sqm and including a St. Regis butler starts at 10.500 USD.
Unlike all other hotel recommendations, The Dior Suite is not accessible for public bookings but is still worth to mention. A temporary VIP suite only accessible for actors visiting the Zurich Film Festival 2015. Photo by David Biedert Photography.
Every year during the Film Festival in Cannes, Christian Dior hired the most beautiful suite for 12 days, using it as a dressing and fitting room for all the famous actresses before the red-carpet gala. Paying tribute to Christian Dior, the legendary Hotel Le Majestic re-designed it’s west wing on the 6th floor into a Dior penthouse. A exceptional 450 sqm suite with a 180 degree panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea starting at a daily rate of 16.000 Euro.
Round Hill has received the Green Globe Certification for 10 years, with a strong commitment to preservering the environment and also supporting local organizations including farmers and producser. Round Hill offers a variety of accommodations, from oceanfront rooms to complete premium luxury villas (900 sqm) with 6 bedrooms and two private pools. Price available on request firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mayfair Hotel – also know as “London’s Home” an icon of expressive contemporary design, a luxury hotel with a glamorous past. Among the 400 hotel rooms and suites, is The Schiaparelli Suite. A lavish and loving tribute to retro glamour with a 139 sqm suite – a private lounge with integrated fireplace, a dining area with full-size eigh seat dining table, one bedroom with king-size double bed, bathroom with limesone egg bath and illuminated rain shower. Price per night starting at 1.600 £
Featuring waterfront settings in both locations, Dubai and the australian Gold Coast, dipping visitors into a spectacular and radiant ambiance of pure glamour, underlined by iconic italian architecture. One night of “Versace Indulgence” at Palazzo Versace Gold Coast Australia, including a chilled Ruinart Champagne bottle upon arrival, seven course degustation dinner in the award winning Vanitas Restaurant and a Spa Beauty Sleep treatment, starts at 1.700 USD.
The Bottega Veneta Suite designed by brilliant Tomas Maier, is a expansive environment for thos who appreciate quiet luxury. A bedroom with stting area and fireplace in Bottega Veneta Design, including bespoke and personalized Butler Service starts at a daily rate from 6.000 Euro.
From mountainside carribbean retreats to luxurious urban getaways, we selected fifteen of the most spectacular Spas worldwide. Whether you’d like to relax in the remote desert of Utah or in cool and tranquil Himalayan weather – You’ll find your new happy place at one of these getaways.
Amangiri – Aman Resorts Utah, United States. Amangiri (peaceful mountain) is located on 600 acres in Canyon Point, Souther Utah, close to the border with Arizona. The resort blends into its dramatic surrounds where deep canyons and towering plateaus create a raw landscape of immense power. Amangiri’s Aman Spa features a floatation therapy pavilion, water pavilion with sauna, steam room, cold plunge and step pool, fitness centre and yoga pavilion
Tierra Patagonia Hotel Boutique & Spa, Chile. Perched on a bluff on the edge of Chile’s Lake Sarmiento, Tierra Patagonia celebrates all that is majestic about its surrounding, while offering a space where comfort reigns. With enormous windows everywhere, the lakes and peaks of Torres del Paine National Park are a picturesque backdrop. A perfect place for finding space and serenity to relax and enjoy your natural surroundings.
Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas by Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. At Wildflower Hall, guests can refresh with nature walks, rafting, cycling or yoga, or relax and rejuvenate with an exclusive spa therapy. It offers exclusive massage, yoga and Ayuverdic treatments at bespoke locations around the hotel. A open air whirlpool affords magnificient views across the Greater Himalayas.
SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain. Considered one of the best medical spas in Europe, the SHA Wellness Clinic aims to improve guests mental and physical wellbeing by blind ancient Eastern philosophies with contemporary Western techniques.
The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland. The Swiss alpine environment offers a 2.400 sq. spa and wellness centre. A temperature-controlled outdoor pool, a 35 meters indoor pool with alps view, bio and Finnish saunas, organic sol steam bath or another ten treatment suites supervised by international therapist who pamper you with the finest natural products. Visit the Chedi Andermatt and immerse yourself in luxury.
Raffles Istanbul: Istanbul’s most glamorous new spa is located in a surprising spot – the business district. The nearly 30.000 square foot spa at Raffles Istanbul sits at the heart of the Zorlu Centre and overlooks the Bosphorus, the Princes Islands and the historic peninsula. The Spa features an indoor pool that lies under an art installation of disks that glitter underneath a soaring skylight and an outdoor rooftop pool with a stunning view of the Bosphorus. Saunas, steam rooms, three dazzling hamams, seven treatment rooms and two spa suites complete the ultimate service. A cool and calm oasis with a new defined level of luxury.
Peninsula Bangkok, Thailand. The Peninsula Bangkok is one of the finest and luxurious hotels in the thai city of angels, located along the historical Chao Phraya river. The hotel features a 88 meter 3 tiered pool with breathtaking river and city view and an outstanding Spa with 14 treatment rooms, four suites, several relaxation rooms, an asian tea lounge, hot and cold plunge pools, steam rooms and saunas as well as a well equipped fitness centre.
Saadiyat Beach Club, Abu Dhabi. Formerly known as Monte-Carlo Beach Club is a exclusive club with a 650 sq. pool, a spa with sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and plunge pool, a gymnasium and a private access to Saadiyat’s nine-kilometre natural beach.
The Dolder Grand Spa, Zurich Switzerland. Towering above Lake Zurich, the historic The Dolder Grand is known as a luxury-class city resort. A design highlight of the hotel is the 4.000 sq. spa. After the complete renovation in 2008 by Sir Norman Foster, the Spa comes with an iconic canyon-like pool and a comprehensive spa menu. The Dolder Grand Life Balance treatment divides a one day-spa experience with focus on either Relax, Beauty, Vitality or Detox. The Dolder Spa collection comprises lavish treatments like Caviar body treatment or a pure gold radiance facial by La Prairie and many other exclusive experiences such as medical treatments, plastic surgery and a hair salon by En Vogue.
Fasano las Piedras, Punta del Este, Urugugay. Designed to express the power of nature and the energy that comes from it, Fasano Las Piedras Spa offers a 180 degree panoramic view to an endless green and also rocky landscapes. The relax area features five rooms, with ayurvedic treatments and twenty sorts of massage.
Spa Vinotheraphie Caudalie Marques de Riscal. Frank Gehry returned to northern Spain to create the Hotel Marqués de Riscal. Gehry used some 30,000 square feet of titanium to create the ruffled roofline—whose energetic waves evoke a flamenco dancer’s skirts—and created a glass passage that leads to the spa, designed by architect Yves Collet. The perfect place to relax and indulge in the health and beauty properties of the grape. 1.400 sq. heaven of wellness for wineloving spa-goers. Exclusive Skin treatments with Merlot, hone and wine body wraps, crushed Carbernet scrubs or a unique barrel bath, meet the specialist in vino therapy, employing wet and dry treatments based on the essence of the grape to cleanse, sooth and invigorate the human skin.
The Spa at the Viceory Miami, United States: Philippe Starck continues to surprise. Recombining some of his signature set pieces—oversize mirrors, brightly colored crystal chandeliers, and haute-French furniture—the master of whimsical pastiche debuted this 28,000-square-foot fantasy of a spa and fitness center at the Viceroy Miami in December 2008, on the 15th floor of an Arquitectonica-designed downtown Miami skyscraper. The double-height, library-like “water lounge” (shown), with its plunge pools of various temperatures and floor-to-ceiling views of Biscayne Bay, proves the most jaw-dropping spot among many.
Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona offers an extensive range of treatments from around the world including a wide choice of therapies drawing on ancient philosophies and modern techniques.