Morphosis Architects was chosen as the winning firm to design a new luxury hotel for 7132 Ltd in Vals, Switzerland.
Eight architectural practices contended for the opportunity to design the hotel as part of an international competition launched by 7132 Ltd last June. The competition was undertaken in accordance with SIA standards. Presided by Louisa Hutton of the architectural practice Sauerbruch Hutton of Berlin, a competition jury met to determine a shortlist of proposals. Three finalists including Morphosis (Los Angeles), Steven Holl Architects (New York), and 6a Architects (London) were recommended by the jury to the client. Ultimately, 7132 Ltd favored Morphosis for the project.
The proposed design by Morphosis has 100 luxury suites highlighting the alpine locale. Details of the winning scheme will be unveiled this March in New York City.
According to Thom Mayne, Pritzker-prize winning architect and founder of Morphosis, the firm is looking at creating a unique design that resonates with the destination in the Alps.
Since its founding, Morphosis has received 25 Progressive Architecture awards and over 100 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards as well as numerous other honors in recognition of the firm's works.