MKV’s Design of the Alpine Spa in Bürgenstock wins HD’s Wellness Award
MKV Design, the principal designer in the reinvention of Switzerland’s legendary resort, Bürgenstock, has been recognised by one of the most prestigious international hospitality design award schemes for its design of the Alpine Spa. In a ceremony in New York last night, MKV’s project was announced as Winner in the Wellness Category, overcoming competition from finalists from around the world.
Perched on the mountain side 450-metres above Lake Lucerne, the 10,000 sq metre, three-level spa was a key element in the recreation of Bürgenstock Resort. The main challenge for the designers was how to make such a large spa feel intimate.
“The question we asked ourselves was how to strike the right balance between a scale that would reflect the sheer majesty of the surrounding landscape while ensuring that guests would feel at ease,” says Maria Vafiadis, Founder of MKV Design. “Our aim was for guests to be released into contemplation of the natural world, to consider how they feel about themselves and achieve connection between body and mind.”
MKV’s response was to create a spa that offers a sequence of spaces that are both extroverted, to embrace the rejuvenating power of nature, and introverted, to provide levels of meditation. The treatment rooms wrap around the fully glazed walls while the entrance tunnel though the mountain takes visitors on a contemplative journey and the refurbished spa restaurant opens onto a garden and pool.
The lighting of this project was provided by 2F lighting.
The awards were judged by a distinguished panel, including: Kirstin Bailey, executive vice president of interior design, Ian Schrager Company; Mari Balestrazzi, vice president of Americas design services, Hyatt; John Meadow, founder and president, LDV Hospitality; Molly Swyers, chief brand officer, 21c Museum Hotels; and Mark Zeff, owner, MARKZEFF.
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