near Colmar, France, 2008
PROGRAM: hotel with 100 guestrooms, spa, restaurant, meeting rooms and event space
Loisium Alsace SAS
SIZE: 105,486 sq ft
STATUS: design phase
Sited at the edge of a forest overlooking vineyards to the east and south, this 100-room destination hotel, spa and wine center in Alsace has views of Switzerland and Germany in the distance. The red cliff from the former stone quarry on the site provides a unique background for the building, while an ancient road crosses the site coming from the historical Marbach Abbey, which was once part of the pilgrim path to Santiago de Compostela.
The concept of Arborescent Structures - a morphology of tree-like branching - gives a unique order and space to this building as it gently merges with the landscape’s slope. The concrete frame structure is sheathed in blackened wood siding which merges with the dark greens of the forest and landscape.
Like a flower branching from this wooden tree, the event center pavilion is covered in red weathered steel, similar to the local stone cliff, with colored glass in different shades of red. This pavilion has a wine gallery at its base with a direct connection to the hotel restaurant. On the level above, connected to the lobby, is a gathering space for concerts, weddings, and special events. This space has chapel-like acoustics with a reverberation time of just less than two seconds - perfect for chamber music. The flower-like pavilion can also be a place of silence and reflection, connecting to the site history with the adjacent monastery and abbey.
- – Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (design architect)
Chris McVoy (project advisor)
Christiane Deptolla (project architect)
Marcus Carter, Runar Halldorsson, Fiorenza Matteoni, Gabriela Pinto, Clare Smith, Ebbie Wisecarver, Human Tieliu Wu (project team)
- associate architects
- – Rüssli Architekten AG
Justin Rüssli, Peter Steinmann, Christoph Plattner, Pascal Germann
- lighting design
- – L'Observatoire International