Renderings: Morphosis Architects
Think supertall skyscrapers are reserved for major urban centers? Nope. This 80-story, 1,250-foot tall luxury hotel will be erected in Vals, Switzerland, population: 1,049. When it’s completed in 2019, it will be the tallest building in Europe, a distinction currently held by Moscow’s 1,227-foot Vostok Tower.
Designed by Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne, the hotel’s mostly glass facade will ensure that each of the 107 guest rooms — which will go from a staggering $1,005 to $23,831 USD a night — enjoy sweeping views of the Swiss Alps.
Of course the best view will be reserved for the penthouse suite, which, according to this rendering, will have its own infinity pool.
Hotel amenities will include a sky bar, ballroom, library, restaurants, cafe, gallery and grand lobby.
The new tower will be part of Vals’ existing 7132 resort, which already boasts a world-famous hotel and spa. But alas, the expansion plans are not without controversy. It seems that not everyone believes skyscrapers belong in the Swiss Alps.