Philip Loskant Architect designed the building from the first sketch. It was a direct commission from the land owner. for the later execution phase, the local office Architekturwerk AG was called in, while my office still had the design lead. the interior design for restaurant area and hotel rooms have been done in cooperation with Mathias Buser, interior designer from Zurich. The wellness area is fully designed by my office.
We all cooperatated as a team. The client is Frutt Resort AG which allready has build the Hotel Frutt Lodge & Spa in Melchsee, and therefore strived for a second hotel, the Frutt Family Lodge, to strengthen their standing as a resort. The client’s brief was to build a four star family hotel which, from the exterior, fits and responds to the wild mountain surounding, but in the interior offers a maximum of commodity. The compound also consists of about 43 private owned apartments, which, in design, merge with the hotel, so it becomes one whole.
Compound is situated just beside a wonderfull lake, high up in the swiss mountains at an altitude of about 1900 meters above the sea. The small village of Melchsee-Frutt is very close to the most important tourist spots but very remote at the same time: its about 2o km south of the famous city Luzern and about 80 km away from Zurich Airport.
The Village also is the top station of the skiing area Melchsee-Frutt. In Summer you can drive up a small street but in winter its only accessible by a small cable car . The hotel building marks the edge between village and lake.
4 star, 47 rooms (35 – 70 m2): 2 Suits, 10 Family Suits, 35 double rooms
Restaurant, Bar, Wellness, Fitness, Cinema, Mini-Bowling, Kindergarden (child care)
43 private apartments 53 m2 – 106 m2
The Frutt Family Lodge is a family friendly hotel with family suites fitting perfectly for the needs of a family (up to five beds),. the service is family friendly and there are leasure areas for kids such as Wellness, Fitness, Cinema, Mini-Bowling, Kindergarden (child care)
The building is a concrete structure with wooden roof structures. the facade is devided into three parts: the upper main volumes are treated with a traditional plaster which was glazed in two layers, so textures and colours have a very differentiated, rich appearance. the ground floor base is constructed with glass-frame-elements to maximize view and transmission of light. In order to make it look heavey and natural, the lower basement is cladded with natural stone elements.
the interior mostly has a warm wood finish, just like in traditional mountain architecture. in order to make it more elegant and robust, we choose a swiss oak wood which was brushed to make the texture more visible.
For the wellness area’s cave like atmosphere, it was important to have a fine dakr natural stone. we therefore choos gneiss stone which is quarried in the southern swiss onsernone valley. for the sauna area, again we choose a warm and cozy, brushed oak wood.
Sanitary fixtures: HansGrohe, Axor, Germany
Sanitary ceramics: Alape, Italy and Laufen, Switzerland
Bath tiles: Gigacer, Italy
Stone floorings: Emilio Stecher, Switzerland
Carpets: Tisca Tiara, Switzerland
Door handles: fsb, Germany
Melchsee-Frutt, Obwalden, Switzerland, Completed 2015
Adress: Frutt Family Lodge, Untere Frutt, 6068 Melchsee-Frutt, Switzerland
Client: Frutt Resort AG, Melchsee-Frutt
Architect Design: Philip Loskant Architekt Eth | Sia, Zurich
Interior: Matthias Buser, Innenarchitekt, Zurich
Execution: Architekturwerk AG, Sarnen
Foto credits: Ulrich Stockhaus, Zürich (www.ulrichstockhaus.ch)