The Kameha Grand Zurich, designed by the famous Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, is a hotel that celebrates the rich heritage of Switzerland. In the interior design, unique elements of the local culture warmly welcome international guests.
The hotel is situated in a prominent new business area of Zurich, called Glattpark, and accommodates accordingly with large spaces and suites for conventions, business meetings, and other events. This includes the ‘Kameha Dome’, a 710 square meter multi-use space recalling the grandeur of a ballroom.
Swiss-Inspired Design Elements
Majestic, festive and unpredictable decors act as the backdrop for a series of Swiss-inspired design elements, such as chocolate-patterned wall paneling, mini-bars modeled after a safe, and lamps that resemble oversized cowbells, Toblerone shaped sofas, among others.
From the beginning, the lobby carries a grand staircase and a handcrafted Swiss bell, an obvious Marcel Wanders’s stylistic signature. The ideas and hotel design itself incentivize high-end hospitality. Various types of themed suites further establish the desire to meet all kinds of possible preferences: the Diva, the Serenity, the Princess, the Burlesque, the Gentleman, The Fair Play, the Workout, the Ghostwriter, the Poker Face, the Watchmaker, and the Oriental Suite.
The most memorable aspect is picked from the Swiss culture and represented in the hotel design, from walls covered in gold coins or chocolate bricks, to different kinds of tulips and other flowers found on the myriad of carpet designs and ornamental detailing, to safes present in every room.
The Passion for Detail
Each space is carefully orchestrated featuring warming woods, a mix of custom-made furniture, tactile upholstery, iconic lamps, and stylish sofas. The passion for detail plays an important role in the overall concept. As Marcel says about the project: “Others deliver an interior design, but we offer a reason for a visit, we create a destination.”
Another example is the piece found on the headboard in the ‘Deluxe Suite’, which is based on the traditional Swiss technique Scherenschnitte, a type of paper cutting art. Transported to the Japanese setting, the same technique invokes the art of shadow play.
Among these inventive uses of elements are more surprises that go beyond the expected fittings of a hotel. A shisha lounge with Eastern designs and authentic offerings provides a relaxing haven for travelers. In the bathroom hangs a chandelier, creating a regal feeling during your morning and evening rituals.
For 224 guest rooms, 2 executive suites, 6 state-of-the-art business suites, conference and event spaces, an Italian and a Japanese gourmet restaurant, a bar, a smoker’s and shisha lounge, a spa, and 11 themed suites – Marcel created a series of bespoke interiors.
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