Redesign and remodelling of the legendary 1980s Bürgenstock Spa formed part of the revival of the entire Bürgenstock lakeside resort. The new Spa building grows organically out of the landscape, a polished artificial rock body, inserted and interlocking with the natural rock formations. The new facility maximises views of the surrounding mountains as an integral part of the overall sensory experience of bathing.
Through carefully planned cuts through the building mass, glances from the spa open up to the mountain and lake panoramas are created. The cuts for the rock terrace, with the hot springs in the east and the panoramic terrace in the south, lead the natural rock and mountain landscape into the interior of the complex. The interplay of a modern bathing and sauna world with the surrounding nature can be directly experienced on three sides.
The special charm of the old building is retained with features such as its fireplace, restaurant, pool house and kidney shaped pool. Old and new are connected by their materiality, sharing local alpine materials, although expressed by their differing architectures. The new building retains the character of a stone pedestal with a façade of exposed concrete emphasising the horizontal. On top, it is clad in vertically arranged brass cassettes creating a flat surface, interspersed with generous glazing. Over time, the brass will weather naturally to complement the brown copper façades of the original building.
Over time, the brass will weather naturally to complement the brown copper façades of the original building