In St. Moritz, the discreet luxury of the Waldhaus - Extending the Waldhaus annex, the architects Miller & Maranta create The Foyer in the Rocks.
The century-old establishment The Waldhaus is one of the Swiss jewels of luxury hotels in St. Moritz. Set in an enchanting and dramatic setting, the 5-star hotel offers a timeless getaway in these walls held by the same family for five generations.
Away from the noise and heated sidewalks of St. Moritz, Hotel Waldhaus is nestled in the woods of Sils Maria, a small village in the Swiss Alps dear to Friedrich Nietzsche. Castle for some, liner for others, the Waldhaus is the five-star dream of a man, Josef Giger-Nigg. Before laying the first stone at the turn of the last century, he studied for a year the winds and sunshine on three scaffoldings placed in different places. Nothing is left to chance. A long story begins with Engadine architect Karl Koller, who will follow the hotel's amenities throughout his life. This is, no doubt, part of the harmony of places.
In the living room, this half-moon rotunda is the heart of the hotel. In 1991, it was extended by 5.5 meters and the ceiling was equipped with two panels of light and chandeliers, copies Art Nouveau.
The establishment opens in 1908 behind an austere facade which denotes with the ostentatious luxury of the palaces of the time. Here, discretion is the order of the day, dressed in beautiful materials: the floors are in oak, the paneling of the walnut bar and the mahogany brightens the Salon Empire (Salon de Musique). The topography of the land, capricious, imposes a number of different floors for each facade. Visionary, Josef Giger-Nigg has the kitchens, bathed in natural light, installed on the same floor as the living rooms and dining rooms. Today, you can dine around a table d'hôtes in the middle of the noise of pots and delicate scents. An experience that also allows you to discover the cellar with 30,000 bottles and 500 wines.
The first dining room opens onto the white landscapes of winter thanks to its large bay windows.
The Waldhaus hotel in St Moritz, between yesterday and today
The Waldhaus is decidedly unique. There floats an air of an elegant and warm family home. The patinated furniture tells the five generations that followed one another at the bar of the hotel. The interiors evolve over time while preserving the spirit and soul of the place. Long after Karl Koller, the architects Miller & Maranta have redeveloped the bar and especially the smoking room in 2012. Intimist and elegant, it recalls the charm of English private clubs and seems hanging on the rock. Sailing between yesterday and today, his furniture is signed by Friborg Frederic Dedelley. Here, the epochs are superimposed with delicacy. If the walls could speak, they would tell the prestigious guests who have put their bags there: Max Liebermann, Joseph Beuys, David Bowie, Gerhard Richter ...
In the Graubünden, overlooking the lake of Sils, the Waldhaus invites to a parenthesis in time.
Waldhaus Hotel, Sils-Maria. Such. +41 81 838 51 00 and waldhaus-sils.ch
-Architecture Miller & Maranta, the Swiss architects, among others, the Waldhaus Smoker, have a sober and minimalist approach to architecture that extends the history of a place rather than breaking the harmony . A few kilometers from the hotel, they also realized the baths Samedan (mineralbadsamedan.ch), perched on a roof. Schützenmattstrasse 31, Basel. Such. +4161 2608000 and millermaranta.ch -furniture Frédéric Dedelley specially designed the Fumoir furniture for the Waldhaus. He draws on the photographs he continually takes to create liturgical furniture, benches for parks, or simply to explore new materials. Gerechtigkeitsgasse 2, 8001 Zurich. Such. +41442404828 and fredericdedelley.ch Ramon Zangger has extended the dining room Arvenstube Waldhaus. This designer works mainly the wood of the region, a variety of pines, the tree, but complies with all requests. His creations of furniture or room fittings are impregnated with the Engadine culture but are diverted and twisted, making a certain modernity to the tradition. 7503 Samedan. Such. +4181 8525495 and ramonzangger.ch
Extending the Waldhaus annex, the architects Miller & Maranta create The Foyer in the Rocks.
Room 170 and its vintage decor.
The Waldhaus has opened its own small museum that tells the story of the hotel but also the history of the region.
The Waldhaus deserves. After St. Moritz station, you still have to drive 10 kilometers; the architects Miler & Maranta have redesigned the awning of the hotel in 2003.