25hours Zurich Langstrasse wins Creative Spark Award
25hours Zurich Langstrasse, took away the creative Spark Award for its hotel design at most recent TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR the 5th of December. Chief Brand Officer of 25hours Bruno Marti gave a dynamic presentation and explained the difficulties the project experienced along the way. The hotel opened 10 years after the signing of the real estate contract. It has been a long road negotiating with local authorities for this area which, for a long time, was an abandoned area in the center of Zurich because the alley had been reserved for the city’s railway expansion. Due to increased flight traffic and improved modern techniques of putting railways underground, Zurich ceased to need this area for the expansion of the railway and made the area available for developers.
“We were and are the last building in this once unoccupied area which as yet does not have a full soul, and maybe this is conceptually contradictory given the surrounding working class area in this part of Zurich. This has made development and operations difficult some times, until now. Besides that, urban planning requires architecture and building plans to be defined long in advance, in this case 5 years ago. Knowing what we know now, we probably would have changed the blue print of how the entrance and lobby are, but we are very happy with the result. Design studio Aisslinger created a progressive concept that could easily compete with concepts in New York or Berlin. For Zurich, this is really the most innovative hotel concept initiated until now. Examples of the unique style can be found in the lobby and also in the suites with a fully transparent shower in the middle of the room. We can see on instagram and other media that our designs really catch the attention of our hotel guests!“
Nominee Ulrich Demetz, responsible for Motel One Zurich, explained the concept and design of the new 394 room hotel in in the historic Selnau-Post building. This is the brand’s second hotel in Switzerland and was designed around three areas with different themes: The hotel lounge has a “chocolate” theme, and this is reflected in the chocolate like bricks, and a giant chocolate wrapper on the ceiling. The wrapper was specially designed for the lounge and looks as it has been decorated with chocolate chips.
The breakfast area is themed “Lake Zurich”. Airy and light, with delicate clouds on the walls and images depicting the famous lake, give guests a glimpse of the breath-taking Lake Zurich landscape. The rooms are Swiss-inspired, meaning a lot of nature and references to iconic features of this beautiful country are installed in the bedrooms. A granite bathroom with Dornbracht taps, thick towels and a raindance shower creates a mini spa and adds the finishing touches to the room’s feel-good atmosphere.
Hotel Valsana made their presentation just 2 days before opening its doors to the public. Designed by the ultra Swiss architect firm Mooser Lauber Stucky Architekten, the hotel has a focus on sustainable food and service. The company won the tender for the renovation of the hotel in 2013 with their “forest glades’ application. It is the first hotel in Switzerland to be heated by geothermal probes and an ultra-modern ice battery. Each of the 40 rooms and suites and 12 serviced apartments comes equipped with vintage record players and hammocks on the balconies overlooking the Obersee Lake. Bernhard Stucky, partner of the architectural firm, explained, “the typical balcony with wood and glass was one of the most challenging parts of the construction. We are really happy with the result, because it brings Swiss nature directly in to the rooms with its transparent, wooden effect, however the balconies had to be tested for one year before we could install them in the hotel.”
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