Seated at the heart of Switzerland, the vibrant city of Zurich is attractively set at the meeting point of a river and a lake. As a metropolis of experiences by the water, with a captivating view of the Alps on the horizon, this ‘region of short routes’ is easily accessible by both road and air.
The summer months from June to August boast of plenty of sun making it the best time to visit Zurich and also the most expensive. While the weather supports the making of a good holiday, music festivals and street parades also make an entry in your itinerary at this time.
Gaining reputation as a top address for international labels among shoppers, home to arguably the most famous Station Road, pulsing with a high density of night clubs, offering a strong devotion to art and sitting in the lap of nature – Zurich is reason enough to visit once or maybe more than once!
Hotel Leisure At The 25th Hour
Urban, quirky and retro come forward to greet you as you walk inside the lounge of 25hours Hotel located in ZuriWest where modern glass and steel high-rises have become the norm. This hotel has successfully made artistic detail its credo and design its inspiration.
After a stunning entrance, the rooms evoke a refined taste in design. Decorated in an eclectic mix of different materials, they portray a psychedelic twist with bright and bold bursts of colour.
They undergo a complete transformation with carefully chosen bold patterns and colours that make their presence felt in daring decisions. The carpets that cover the rooms are one such example. Murals and graffiti art sketches on walls and within frames add to the retro charm.
The lounge area has trendy furniture, magazines and works of art and one could buy many of the design items around the hotel from the reception. The hotel’s restaurant, Neni can charm food lovers in just one bite! The space is bathed in red lighting which probably works towards increasing your appetite!
Brainchild of designer Alfredo Haberli, the interiors add a bit of humour to the space. It’s one place whose quirkiness you just have to indulge in!
Iconic Building Let There Be Light
Towards the end of the 1980s, Zurich University decided to compact its vastly spread out premises. Architect Santiago Calatrava took up this sensitive integration. Keeping in mind the restraint of space, the old buildings inner courtyard was transformed to house the Library of the Faculty of Law. Typically Calatrava, it was anything but straight or rectangular. It was an asymmetric eclipse filled with air.
Calatrava implemented a steel structure across six storeys. The curved space becomes narrower on the sides and the glass dome allows light to reach right down.
The 500 reading spaces on the sides of the gallery have perfect work conditions. The bright timber clad interiors contribute to the airy and spatial impression. Moving one’s gaze across the floors, one can witness the space unfold in all its glory.
Restaurant Exalting A Swiss Homage
Recognised for his conceptual practice in art, photography and sculpture, artist Rolf Sachs translated his approach of art into interiors as he unveiled the Saltz restaurant. Wrapped in an eclectic palette of red and blue, it is a playful yet contemporary homage to Switzerland. While the room in red references the Swiss flag, the wall interrupted by an undulating neon light alludes towards the Alps.
Sculptural elements emerge in the form of a hanging rock swing and a feature salt wall that add texture and break up the otherwise refined surfaces. Neon lights, rock, salt and felt are used in an unexpected way to form artworks and custom made furniture that constantly reference the Swiss landscape divulging a theatrical yet intimate setting.
Public Space A Celebration Of Steel
The Pavillon Le Corbusier is the last building designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. It stands today as a Swiss art museum dedicated to the works of its architect.
The building celebrates the use of steel. Composed of two major volumetric elements – a roof structure composed of two square welded steel sheets and a two storey rectilinear volume beneath it that sits on a concrete pavilion floor, the building uses modular steel frame cubes to makeup the structural framework. Walls, windows and doors are bolted into these frames.
The nature of these prefabricated cubes allows for an open ground plan that can be divided at will. Enamel panels in primary colours and glass, envelope the building in a language of the rest of the building. Iconic for its floating steel roof and enamel panels the building is a perfect ode to its builder.
Text By Kanupriya Pachisia