Hotel des Horlogers has always been on our personal map to visit, and our recent experience there certainly did not disappoint. Designed in cooperation with the renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), this architectural gem has captured our attention since its conception.
Regardless of whether you love or hate BIG's work, you must admit that they always have their hands on something spectacular. That's why, when we read the headlines about a zigzag hotel in a beautiful Swiss valley made for watchmakers, we knew it was going to be BIG.
Upon our arrival, we were pleasantly surprised by the modest wooden-clad welcoming facade. It was clear that this was just a prelude to the spectacular theater of forms awaiting us inside. The interior design by French AMU studio elevated the experience to another level. Indeed, from the moment we entered the hotel, we were enveloped in an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication.
The reception area, built upon a massive skeleton-like structure, was accompanied by organic forms of black tubes with lighting. Just beyond the reception, a bar for guests beckoned us in. Following the entrance, we were led gently to the restaurant, which offered calming views of the valley.
The hotel's layout facilitates effortless navigation, with corridors synchronized in one big slide, reminiscent of skiing down a slope. The zigzag form itself naturally descends into the valley, and all the rooms feature windows facing the outside. This design means that you won't experience the view of the zigzag unless you venture around the building. The view is absolutely breathtaking and invites you to walk on the architectural structure itself, making for an exciting experience.
The seamless communication throughout the hotel is a testament to BIG's innovative thinking. No stairs, except for the library space, will stop you on your way. This design allows guests to focus on the beauty and tranquility of the surrounding landscape.
Thanks to the hotel's location, you will probably notice the neighboring Maison des Fondateurs museum, built by the hotel's owner, Audemars Piguet. This museum is yet another example of the region's commitment to celebrating and preserving the art of watchmaking.
Hotel des Horlogers offers a spectacular journey through Swiss luxury and innovation. From the breathtaking architecture to the elegant interiors and unparalleled views, this establishment is truly a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a one-of-a-kind experience.