Hotel Schloss

Hotel Schloss

Hotel Spa & Wellness

Its walls overlook the Engadin village of Pontresina, and its windows offer magnificent views over the Val Roseg and the beautiful glaciers of the Bernina mountains: the design of the Schloss Hotel - an imposing castle and fortress built in the late nineteenth century - combines the aesthetic and technical demands of a luxury hotel in the mountains with use of sophisticated materials.
With the intention of creating a pleasant, cosy, warm environment clearly based on the traditional local architecture of this village only a few kilometres from St. Moritz - Studio CIVICO46 restored the breadth and luminosity of the hotel's interiors by demolishing the dividers that broke it up into many small rooms.

Light, warm materials played a key role, helping give light back to the new rooms: "We have created a new architectural vocabulary inspired by the past and by its context(Engadin architecture)," explain the architects. They made their choice after in-depth research into the architectural traditions of the Engadin Valley, investigating the type of materials used, colours and laying schemes.

Studio CIVICO46 architects say, "We were initially oriented toward use of natural materials such as stone and wood, but finally settled on Hi-tech materials by Ariostea, Crema Europa stone and oak wood".

High-Tech Stones - Crema Europa by Ariostea is a man-made stone made exclusively from natural and mineral raw materials transformed through a production process similar to the process of rock formation in the earth, creating an extremely compact material which is homogeneous right through its entire mass.
The stone's particular warmth and the power of this patented technology make each piece unique.

The refined natural elegance of High-tech Woods - Rovere Biondo oak wood in the restaurant provides an incredibly faithful reproduction of the appearance, tactile sensations and veins of natural wood.

Strips of this Ariostea material reproduce wood's structure and warmth, with technical properties such as superior resistance to deep scratches, water, heat and chemical agents. They don't require any treatment before or after installation or in the years to come.

The architects decided to use wood and stone together after observing the type of flooring traditionally used in buildings in the valley, where different materials such as wood and stone or river bed gravel are often used together.
The choice of Ariostea materials allowed the architects to create particularly elegant rooms, such as the hall with strips laid in a lozenge scheme to look like wood, with stone-like 60x60 slabs set in them; in the restaurant, wood is laid in a "French herringbone" pattern with fields bounded by strips of "stone".

These solutions brilliantly solved the problem of reconciling the hotel's aesthetic requirements (colours, finishes, formats, laying schemes) with its functional needs (long-lasting materials offering easy cleaning and maintenance).

Location: Pontresina - Switzerland
Architect: Studio CIVICO46

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