Klosters, Montana area, CH, Project Development Competition

Identity – Tradition – Construction

Project submitted in 2012, 2nd place.

The village of Klosters is complemented by the expansion of the hotel Alpina with an attractive public and semi-public area program.

At the Main Station Square a post office and Migros supermarket are situated across from a café with a sun terrace. At the same square are a banquet hall, the congress center and the wellness area with a bar. One level higher is the lounge area of housing for the elderly with a billiard room. The space program of the main structure can be understood as living with the service. Three of seven houses are designed as actual hotel extension, at the top of the road is the housing for the elderly, while the two houses in the east and the house on Main Station Square are apartment-hotels for the families. Each house has an entrance hall with a lounge and an accessible terrace with a fireplace – “very British”.

The social networking of guests with each other and with the local population has given the most attention. It creates the program identity. Corresponding to the Walser building tradition, the seven houses are built as a timber knit designs on a stone base. In the narrow passage the outer walls are of a masonry construction, due to the fire regulations. The traditional design is not revived as a cliché of the past, but is adapted to the present day due to the existing needs. The spatial units correspond to modern, luxurious hotel rooms, the exterior walls meet the highest energy standards, while the stone base of the buildings meet the current space needs of a hotel. Behind the Strickbau hides a sophisticated facade system, spatial layers form loggias and booths; the openings create a pleasant lighting and frame views while granting the privacy. The shutters are protected by a constructive wood protection, while the visible rows of rafters carry the stone roof rafters. Inspired by the tradition a constructive ornament with high identity was created.