Therme Suiteroom Vals / Kengo Kuma

The therme Suiteroom project designed by Kengo Kuma in 2015 is a penthouse restoration on top of the Vals Therme Hotel in  Switzerland using local materials.

Therme Suiteroom Vals technical information

You could say that my aim is ‘to recover the place’. The place is a result of nature and time; this is the most important aspect. I think my architecture is some kind of frame of nature. With it, we can experience nature more deeply and more intimately. Transparency is a characteristic of Japanese architecture; I try to use light and natural materials to get a new kind of transparency.

– Kengo Kuma

Therme Suiteroom Vals Photographs

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Therme Suiteroom Vals description by the Architects

We rebuilt a penthouse on top the Vals Therme Hotel.

By using Vals stone for the floor, we planned to create a ground in the air on which wooden houses stand in line.

Gaps are secured between the units so that each unit is given independence as a single house.

Therme Suiteroom Vals Plans

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About Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma  is a Japanese architect born 1954 and professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Tokyo. Frequently compared to contemporaries Shigeru Ban and Kazuyo Sejima, Kuma is also noted for his prolific writings

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