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Swissôtel Kursaal Bern

Client: Kongress + Kursaal AG
Bern - work in progress

The business hotel Kursaal, holds over 170 rooms, 3 restaurants, a casino and various event spaces, and is deemed as one of the most renowned buildings in the Swiss capital city of Bern. Through its spectacular location, at the top of the Altenberg district, guests have the opportunity to enjoy the unique view of the historical old city, that is also part of the UNESCO world heritage. As of now, the swisshotel is a member of the Accor group and thus is in the course of receiving a redesign of the entire hotel sector. Nina Mair created an overall design that particularly manages to harbour a cozy atmosphere while also maintaining great care for the existing building. The architect highlights the urban role the building plays by adopting a contemporary design language. The created concept is shaped by a timeless style, carefully devised details, functionality and the use of natural materials. The design for the rooms manages to create a spacious impression, despite the relatively compact existing layout of the room. The classical spatial borders are successfully interpreted anew through the complete glazing of the bathroom by means of dark tinted glass, while also visually enlarging the room. A curtain serves as a sight protection if needed. Harmony is bestowed by the use of two dominant materials. Warm wood surfaces are combined with mint coloured matt ceramic tiles, manufactured by an Italian company. The oak wood floors are perpetuated vertically as wainscoting. A long sideboard made of stone, stretches out along an entire wall, harbouring various functions such as suitcase bench, writing desk, bar as well as a dressing table. An ingenious lighting concept accompanied by an intuitively operable room control system see to every guest’s individual comfort. The rooms create a natural atmosphere, in which the user can peacefully enjoy their stay.

nina mair european property award 2021
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Photographer: David Schreyer & Studio Vaernis