TOTO at the architectural stronghold of Vals
High-tech from Japan meets this Swiss mountain village: TOTO WASHLETs are featured in the suites at the 7132 Hotel in Vals.
A mountain village becomes an architectural mecca: The management at 7132 Hotel in the Swiss town of Vals hired prominent international architects Tadao Ando, Thom Mayne and Kengo Kuma to renovate the hotel. In addition to other spaces, Kuma designed three suites and a corresponding private dining room – all featuring TOTO’s WASHLETs. The clean, streamlined look of these toilets reflect the Japanese company’s design aesthetic and make a major contribution to the well-being of hotel guests.
Only around 1,000 people life in Vals – and just as many sheep. Nonetheless, this remote mountain village in the Swiss canton of Grisons is world-famous – partly because of the mineral water bottled here. But the thermal spa designed by Peter Zumthor is far better known. In 1996, it turned Vals into a mecca for architecture enthusiasts overnight.
7132 Hotel, named for the Vals postal code, aims to strengthen this reputation even further. The building complex, built in 1969, has been gradually renovated since 2012. The hotel management chose to work with internationally renowned architects, giving them free hand to design the rooms and suites as they wished.
Kengo Kuma designed three suites
A group of 17 rooms renovated by Tadao Ando were completed this past August. Kengo Kuma designed an additional 13 rooms, as well as three 90m2 suites including a private dining room on the top floor of the main building. They all share a minimalistic design aesthetic. Just two regional materials are used throughout the entire floor: bright spruce and dark-grey quartzite.
The four TOTO NEOREST AC WASHLETs Kuma had installed in these rooms reflect this simple elegance. The pioneering technology in these luxurious shower toilets is invisible at first glance: The NEOREST AC WASHLET is far more efficient than all other competitor products when it comes to self-cleaning.
WASHLET meets an essential guest need
The NEOREST AC WASHLET first cleans itself with electrolysed water after use. This so-called ewater+ has antibacterial properties. Next, the shower toilet actively fights dirt and bacteria using Actilight technology: The zirconium coating inside the toilet bowl is activated by the UV light integrated in the toilet seat lid, triggering a photocatalytic reaction which breaks down waste.
A number of other comfort features are designed to enhance people’s well-being. As such, the NEOREST AC WASHLET fulfils an essential need of many hotel guests: “People come to us because they want to escape from their everyday stresses in an exclusive environment,” explained Carmen Gutknecht from the 7132 Hotel Head Office.
A breathtaking panorama
Guests can relax by simply gazing out the floor-to-ceiling windows. The view sweeps over the village, cluttered with farmhouses, the mats on the facing mountain slope, and the rocky peaks of the Adula Alps. This breathtaking panorama is even visible from the bathtubs in the suites designed by Kuma. Instead of being situated in the bathroom, they are in the centre of the room – next to the bed.
Soon, people travelling to Vals for the architecture will have even more to see. In April 2016, the hotel management will start renovating the remaining 20 rooms at the 7132 Hotel in line with plans drafted by American star architect Thom Mayne.
Important project details:
Category: Luxury hotel
Year built (hotel): 1969
Year built (thermal baths): 1996
Renovated: gradually starting 2012
Architects: Peter Zumthor, Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma, Thom Mayne starting in 2016
Owner: Remo Stoffel
Number of rooms: 87 rooms and 3 suites
Products: NEOREST AC WASHLETs
1. 7132 Hotels in Vals: The building complex, built in 1969, has been gradually renovated since 2012.
2. The management at 7132 Hotel in Vals wanted to enhance the mountain village’s reputation as an architectural mecca, which is why it chose to work with international star architects.
3. The 7132 Hotel has three different restaurants.
4. Kengo Kuma built three 90m2 suites including a private dining room on the top floor of the main building. It follows a minimalistic design aesthetic reduced to just a few materials.
5. This breath taking panorama is even visible from the bathtubs in the suites. Instead of being situated in the bathroom, they are in the centre of the room.
6. Just two regional materials are used throughout the entire top floor designed by Kengo Kuma: bright spruce and dark-grey quartzite.
7. The four TOTO NEOREST AC WASHLETs Kuma had installed in these rooms reflect the simple elegance of the suites.
8. The three suites have an adjoining private dining room.
9. The NEORESTAC WASHLET is far more efficient than all other competitor products when it comes to self-cleaning. It actively fights dirt and bacteria using Actilight technology: The zirconium coating inside the toilet bowl is activated by the UV light integrated in the toilet seat lid, triggering a photocatalytic reaction which breaksdown waste.