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
- Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates | Kengo Kuma Bibliography
- Typology: Hotel
- Location: Vals, Switzerland
- Project year: 2015
- Size: 500 m2
- Images: © Ingo Rasp
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
Text by the Architects
We rebuilt a penthouse on top of 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
About Kengo Kuma
Kengo Kuma is a Japanese architect born in 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