7132 | Vals, Switzerland

Vibe: An otherworldly destination for architecture buffs and wellness enthusiasts alike.

Area: Incorporating the world famous Therme Vals by Peter Zumthor, whose monolithic masterpiece melds into the alpine landscape for a soulful and immersive experience. 7132 stands for the postal code of this charming Swiss mountain village.

The DNA: In a 1960s building, the recently unveiled House of Architects hotel takes the concept of Swiss bliss and high design to a new level. Guests have the opportunity to stay in 73 rooms crafted by four heavy hitters: Japan-based Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma, Thom Mayne and his New York Morphosis studio (who also designed a new entrance to the adjacent hotel), as well as Peter Zumthor.

Suite-Me-Up: Each of Ando’s 18 minimalist chambers pay homage to traditional Japanese teahouses, while Kuma’s 23 cocoon-like spaces, clad in overlapping panels of Swiss oak, reference Japanese carpentry techniques. Mayne devised bold spaces based on two contrasting material palettes: 12 rooms using indigenous wood and 10 using Vals quartzite. Both types include sculptural, all-glass showers as ethereal centerpieces. Using the Renaissance plasterwork technique of stucco lustro, Zumthor created a moody, hand-hewn effect on the walls for his 10 rooms, while Habotai silk curtains and a capiz chandelier add a modern edge.

Seen: ArchDaily, Hospitality Design

✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 95 rooms & suites (25-90m2) (269-969 sq ft) • interior design: Tandao Ando, Kengo Kuma, Thom Mayne, Peter Zumthor ✅ free on-site parking • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

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