MKV winns HD’s Wellness Award for design of Bürgenstock’s Alpine Spa

by Jane Kitchen | 10 Jun 2018
Our aim was for guests to be released into contemplation of the natural world, to consider how they feel about themselves and achieve connection between body and mind
– Maria Vafiadis

MKV Design, the principal designer in the reinvention of Switzerland’s Bürgenstock Resort, has been recognised by Hospitality Design as winner in the wellness category for its design of Bürgenstock’s Alpine Spa.

Perched on the mountainside 450 metres above Lake Lucerne, the 10,000sq m, three-level spa was a key element in the recreation of Bürgenstock Resort. The main challenge for the designers was how to make such a large spa feel intimate.

“The question we asked ourselves was how to strike the right balance between a scale that would reflect the sheer majesty of the surrounding landscape while ensuring that guests would feel at ease,” said Maria Vafiadis, founder of MKV Design. “Our aim was for guests to be released into contemplation of the natural world, to consider how they feel about themselves and achieve connection between body and mind.”

MKV created a spa that offers a sequence of spaces that are both extroverted – to embrace the rejuvenating power of nature – and introverted, to provide levels of meditation.

The treatment rooms wrap around the fully glazed walls, while the entrance tunnel though the mountain takes visitors on a contemplative journey, and the refurbished spa restaurant opens onto a garden and pool.

The awards were judged by a panel including: Kirstin Bailey, executive vice president of interior design, Ian Schrager Company; Mari Balestrazzi, vice president of Americas design services, Hyatt; John Meadow, founder and president, LDV Hospitality; Molly Swyers, chief brand officer, 21c Museum Hotels; and Mark Zeff, owner, MARKZEFF.

MKV Design  Maria Vafiadis  Burgenstock Resort  Alpine Spa  HD Awards  Wellness design  spa  wellness 
Related stories

Vast Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne re-opens among Swiss Alps

Giant cliff-top spa to open at Switzerland's historic Burgenstock Resort

MKV Design transform Sheraton's historic Park Lane hotel

MKV Design create two luxury hotels celebrating Baku's past and future

CHF485m Bürgenstock Resort in Switzerland will be complete by 2017

Six-year development scheme for Grand Resort Lagonissi

FEATURE: CLAD people – Maria Vafiadis founder MKV Design

More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6374     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6374     
 
 
 
latest jobs
company profile
Company profile: Life Fitness UK Ltd
Through our Life Fitness Solutions Partners, we can deliver design and build services, finance solutions, management solutions, and marketing support.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
Ten Trinity Square 
was designed by Edwin Cooper and originally opened in 1922
Ed Ng
"Of all hospitality design, we feel that F&B is the most fun. You can be creative and it’s where you get all the limelight"

When ABConcept’s co-founder got The brief for the Four Seasons’ Mei Ume restaurant, he jumped straight on the plane to London. He tells us why

SimpsonHaugh 
worked with acoustician 
Larry Kirkegaard
"It’s a privilege to have completed a scheme of such importance to the cultural identity of Antwerp - Stuart Mills"

SimsponHaugh’s latest project

At the Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat, reclaimed brick walls create multiple courtyard enclosures
Rossana Hu studied at the University of California at Berkeley, where she met Lyndon Neri
"Interior projects carried out by architects have a depth that’s generally lacking today"

Neri & Hu’s latest project

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
The footprint of the building was defined by the triangular shape of the site, says MacEwen
DMAC’s Dwayne MacEwen
"The hotel concept came late in the game, but it was an inspired idea"

The newly renovated Chicago Midtown Athletic Club features a boutique hotel, a pool-come-ice rink and spaces designed by Venus Williams

The final phase of the Governors Island park project opened in July 2016, with sloping landscapes offering views of New York Harbor
Adriaan Geuze
"The profile of landscape architecture has been raised by international cities competing with one another"

How the West 8 founder is using the healing power of nature on a Korean site with a turbulent history

Work is due to start on the Hotel Valle Sagrado in Cuzco, Peru
Schreibeis Smith set up Vera Iconica Architecture in 2010
"Wellness is essentially an insurance policy to promote physical and mental long term health"

Raising the profile of wellness architecture

features
Decq has been recognised for raising the profile of women in architecture
"Things have improved, but not enough"

On women in architecture

The steam in the spa is said to symbolise the fog that is a key part of the Baroar Snæfellsas folk tale
"We want to create the illusion that guests are entering another world when they arrive at the resort"

An Icelandic spa retreat inspired by surrealist folk tales

ABA have designed four residential towers with leisure space for the Greenwich Peninsula scheme
Alison Brooks
"The profession is changing"

We need to help the public understand that architects are on their side, argues The Smile designer

cladkit product news
Bright Buildings to create UK's first 'open sky' swimming pool
Bright Buildings will create the retractable roof for the Open Sky pool at Ivybridge Leisure Centre
Lauren Heath-Jones
Leisure operator Fusion Lifestyle has announced that it will invest millions of pounds over the course of the next three ...
Ben van Berkel launches UNSense startup to boost health and wellbeing in built environments
Kim Megson
Dutch architect Ben van Berkel and his design firm UNStudio have launched a tech startup to “improve the health and ...
Kvorning wins contest to design aquaculture exhibit at Norway's Coastal Museum
The exhibition explores the history of Norway's fish-farming industry dating back to 1970
Lauren Heath-Jones
Copenhagen-based design studio Kvorning Design and Norwegian advertising agency Vindfang have won a competition, organised by Museums in Sør Trøndelag ...
cladkit product news
London's new pollution-eating living wall has air purifying power of 275 trees
CityTree is a living wall that reduces particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide in the air by 30 per cent
Lauren Heath-Jones
The Crown Estate, a London-based commercial real estate company, has partnered with Westminster City Council and cleantech specialist Evergen Systems ...
Dornbracht debuts Rainmoon wellness shower concept at  Salone del Mobile
Rainmoon is a multi-sensory wellness experience designed to revitalise and reinvigorate the user
Lauren Heath-Jones
Dornbracht, a German-based luxury bathroom specialist, has launched an innovative new shower experience, Rainmoon. Slated as the next generation of ...
Parkside opens flagship Chelsea showroom
The showroom is designed to inspire its clients
Lauren Heath-Jones
Parkside, a designer of contemporary porcelain and ceramic tiles, has opened its first showroom in the UK. Located in Chelsea ...
cladkit product news
Hotel Crescent Court opens new spa following multi-million-dollar renovation
Hotel Crescent Court has reopened its spa after a multi-million dollar refurbishment
Lauren Heath-Jones
Hotel Crescent Court, a luxury hotel in Dallas, Texas, has reopened its spa and fitness centre after completing a multi-million-dollar ...
Empex Watertoys partners with Singapore architecture firm on new splash park
Buds is a new splash park that caters to children aged 12 and under
Lauren Heath-Jones
Empex Watertoys has partnered with Singapore landscape architecture firm Playpoint Singapore Pte to create Buds, an exciting new splash park ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates