Report of the designers, February 2012

 

The B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa has opened its door in one of the most remarkable industrial heritage sites to be found in Zurich, the former brewery Hürlimann. The hotel features 50 bedrooms plus ten suites, two board rooms, the Library Lounge and provides direct access to the thermal baths of Thermalbad & Spa Zürich.

 

During its 130-year long and eventful history the sites has been modified and converted multiple times. The hotel's concept and design follow the spatial and structural parameters of the complex stock of buildings.

 

Accordingly, the conversion's concept imbeds three distinct scenarios:

 

rebuild (the boiling house) – build up (on top of the turbine hall) – incorporate (into the cooling hall)

 

The architectural interventions into the complex inentionally set a contrast between the historical structures and traditional materials and products.

 

Together with vintage finds (artefacts) they remind of the old brewery's golden age. The interplay of invention and retrieval, of innovation and tradition is the leitmotiv of the entire house.

 

The guiding principleto create from the wealth of existing industrial heritage substance make the hotel's ambiance both, a unique and authentical experience.

 

Magrit Althammer, René Hochuli, Ushi Tamborriello

 

investorPSP Swiss Property, Zürich
operatorTuricum Hotel Management AG, Zürich
general coontractor MLG Generalunternehmung AG, Bern
architectureAlthammer Hochuli Architekten ETH SIA BSA, Zürich
interior designUshitamborriello, Innenarchitektur & Szenenbild, Baden

 

 

 

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