Arosa Kulm Hotel
Amidst natural splendor, we thoughtful expand the hotel, honoring the magnificence of the mountains.
  • Location
    Arosa (CH)
  • Project
    New construction of 8 chalets, parking garage and spa expansion
  • Client
    Arosa Kulm Hotel & Alpin Spa
  • Architect of record
    Caspar Schmitz-Morkramer
  • Planning period
  • Service phases
  • Gross floor area
    5,000 m²
  • Visualizations
  • This project is from the joint period of meyerschmitzmorkramer.

The Arosa Kulm Hotel is nestled in the Swiss Alps on the outskirts of a quaint village. The mountain panorama is breathtakingly beautiful, and the ski slopes start right outside the door. Alongside its expansive wellness and spa facilities, the hotel offers a variety of restaurants and bars. Welcoming guests since 1882, it has evolved over time to meet changing demands. Our task was to develop a concept to enhance the entire hotel complex, harmonizing gastronomy, spa, and accommodations with architecture that honors the surroundings while maintaining the hotel’s historic charm. This involved extending the complex with a series of individual chalets loosely set into the slope.

Engaging the landscape

The hotel’s 1970s elongated structure showcases mountain vistas from every guest room. To preserve these panoramic views, we are situating the new spa as a similarly long, narrow block at the base of the downward sloping terrain. The roof of the new building extends the terrace of the existing structure. New treatment rooms, fitness facilities, and wellness areas catering to the international clientele are connected directly to the hotel.

Slightly further down the slope, we are planning eight nearly cube-shaped chalets that can function as hotel suites or privately owned units. These small structures are positioned to follow the natural topography, avoiding artificial right angles. Clad in natural stone, each three-story chalet accommodates up to three apartments. Tucked into the slope, their top floors serve as entry points. On the valley side, the facades open up with unobstructed views. Wood features prominently in the protruding loggias as well as interior and exterior finishes, fostering an intimate yet spacious living environment.

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