The 7132 Hotel is located at the entrance to the picturesque village of Vals in the Grisons Alps: 1,000 local inhabitants, 1,000 hotel beds, 1,000 sheep, idyllic scenery and an archaic mountain setting with space for future visions. With its renowned thermal springs, Vals is a calm retreat within which the 7132 Hotel offers a thoroughly distinctive atmosphere. Guests at the 7132 Hotel escape the mediocre mainstream and are treated to the last true luxuries of the hectic modern era: leisure, tranquillity and relaxation. This is a place to unwind, indulge oneself and savour the moment in an inspiring and stylish setting. The 7132 is committed to anything that appeals to the senses: exceptional architecture and design, exquisite cuisine and a world-class thermal spa.
7132 Thermal Baths
The legendary thermal springs are what makes Vals unique. The highly mineralized water that emerges at 30° Celsius from St. Peter’s spring has attracted visitors to the spa for more than 100 years. In 1996 architect Peter Zumthor rose to international fame with his design for a new spa complex. Consisting of raw concrete and 60,000 slabs of local quartzite stone, the monolithic building is an architectural tribute to the archaic beauty of the Vals valley. It has been acclaimed by leading architecture critics worldwide. Peter Zumthor was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2009.
The hotel consists of two buildings: the 5-star 7132 Hotel and the adjacent 7132 House of Architects featuring a unique collection of rooms designed by renowned architects: Tadao Ando, Peter Zumthor, Kengo Kuma and Thom Mayne. The 7132 Hotel itself houses the three Penthouse Suites (90 m2), which offer the very highest standards in terms of comfort and design. The rates for these suites include transfer by helicopter to Vals. The following rooms will be part of the hotel starting July 8, 2017: 12 Private Spa Rooms (50 m2) including steam bath in the bathroom, 3 One Bedroom Suites (75 m2) including steam bath in bathroom, 3 Double Rooms (30 m2), and 1 Single Room (25 m2).
7132 House of Architects
The Zumthor rooms were created by Peter Zumthor. Scagliola is a plasterwork
technique of the Italian Renaissance. The rooms feature hand-painted Habutai silk
Kengo Kuma’s work pays tribute to the refined craftsmanship of Japanese cabinetmakers.
The occupant is embraced by a cocoon of oak, while the centre of the room
features an elegant glass shower with a floor-level base fashioned from Vals stone.
The 7132 was able to call on the services of master architect Tadao Ando to design
a set of rooms for the 7132 House of Architects. His design is a homage to the subtle
beauty of Japanese tea houses.
Designs by American architect Thom Mayne augmented the House of Architects
in 2016. After Zumthor and Ando, he is the third Pritzker Prize laureate to realise
some of his visions in Vals.
The first written references to the curative effects of Vals’ thermal springs date back to the 17th century. Doctors in the 19th century recommended therapeutic baths in Vals to treat dermatological conditions. Recreational tourism became the focus in 1964 when German industrialist Kurt Vorlop transformed the original sanatorium into a modern health resort. In 1983, the municipality of Vals purchased the hotel along with the thermal baths and commissioned Grisons architect Peter Zumthor to design a new spa. When the baths re-opened in 1996 the news spread around the world, and critics praised Zumthor’s work as a “lesson in courage and aesthetics”. It was only natural for the baths to be declared a national monument in 1998, just two years after they re-opened.
The municipality sold the hotel and baths in 2012. This step was rendered necessary by changing tourism demands and the resulting need for fresh investment. New owner Remo Stoffel, a native of Vals, has since invested in the future of the resort.
It was the unique quality of Vals that provided the inspiration for a new name. 7132 is the postcode of the municipality and has become the trademark of a new tourism concept: the stated aim is to move away from mass tourism and instead preserve the authentic, exclusive nature of what Vals has to offer. The company’s activities now all operate under this name – or rather this number. The entire complex has been renovated and expanded in order to meet the expectations of a discerning contemporary clientele. Plans featuring further avant-garde projects are also in hand with the aim of enhancing the image of Vals as a mecca of architecture.
The 7132 Hotel is located at the entrance to the picturesque village of Vals in the Grisons Alps: 1,000 local inhabitants, 1,000 hotel beds, 1,000 sheep, idyllic scenery and an archaic mountain setting with space for future visions. With its renowned thermal springs, Vals is a calm retreat within which the 7132 Hotel offers a thoroughly distinctive atmosphere. Guests at the 7132 Hotel escape the mediocre mainstream and are treated to the last true luxuries of the...
- Year 2016
- Work finished in 2016
- Status Completed works
- Type Hotel/Resorts / Tourist Facilities / Interior Design