25HOURS HOTEL ZÜRICH WEST
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25HOURS HOTEL ZÜRICH WEST IS NOW BOOKABLE FOR STAYS AS OF NOVEMBER 1, 2012.
ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN
Architecture: ADP Architekten, Zürich
Interior Designer: Alfredo Häberli Design Development, Zürich
The railway came to Zurich West first, sparking an industrial revolution and bringing countless new factories to the region. But then the highway arrived, and by the 1980s industry had begun to dwindle. Zürich West almost fell into disrepair. Now it’s back, thriving as a cultural hub and the surrounding streets – teeming with restaurants, nightlife, eclectic shopping and galleries – have started to attract award-winning artists and designers.
Among them is Zurich resident Alfredo Häberli, the creative mind behind 25hours Hotel Zürich West. Since graduating from the Zurich School of Design, he has worked with names like Alias, Camper and Volvo to discover new ways of looking at everyday objects. His unmistakable signature style – a mixture of innovation and pure joyous energy – leaps out from every corner as soon as you step beyond the hotel’s seven-story facade. Custom-designed multifunctional furniture adorns the 126 rooms and suites, while splashes of vivid raspberry and fuchsia breathe life into the roomy public areas. Then there are the sightseeing recommendations from Häberli himself, which have been written onto surfaces around the building at seemingly random intervals – surprising guests and leading them on a kind of treasure hunt around the city’s most intriguing spots.
As with other 25hours properties in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Vienna, the focus has been on integrating the hotel with the local environment. So from outside, like many of the late 19th century factories nearby, the building looks square-edged, functional and gritty. Inside, things become more sophisticated, with the spacious ground floor reflecting Zurich’s old-fashioned reputation for sophistication, and its cheeky-bright walls and pillars echoing the free and easy vibe of Zurich West’s best nightclubs. It’s easy to meet like-minded souls at 25hours Hotel Zürich West, especially in the open-plan Living Room, home to soft stretches of leather and welcoming soft furnishings in varying shades of green. Another sociable spot is the 72 sqm KitchenClub, whose Bulthaup kitchen is ideally suited for cooking workshops and private parties.
Rooms and suites in the hotel are named after silver, gold and platinum and feature hand-tufted carpets, bronze fittings, and wallpaper with a mother-of-pearl effect. The more expensive platinum rooms come with spacious outdoor terraces and gray mosaic floors with glimmering platinum inlays. Regardless of which comfort level you choose, you can take time to chill in the top-floor wellness area, which has its own sauna and expansive views across the neighborhood and beyond. Zurich West has never looked better.