Beautiful Swiss Architecture Echoes Its Natural Landscape

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Swiss architect Mario Botta designed a spectacular site known as Berg Oase whose structure brilliantly simulates its mountainous surroundings. Located at the base of the mountains in Arosa, Switzerland, the complementing architecture both echoes the landscape's natural motifs and adds flair to the environment.

The visually impactful structures in Botta's design gain the attention of visitors while respecting the surrounding village by incorporating the natural visual elements of trees, mountains, and leaves. The beautifully composed structures are actually an extension of the luxurious Tschuggen Grand Hotel. They serve as a wellness centre and spa that offers a number of amenities including fitness facilities, physical therapy spaces, and swimming pools.

Originally conceptualized with the goal to “build without over-building,” the architect designed geometric structures with organic motifs peeking through the natural landscape. He explains, “The great volume disappears into the earth; only the vegetal and, at the same time, mechanical ‘antennas' emerge, marking the recreational and collective character of the structure.” The result is a magical combination of nature and man-made architecture.

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Mario Botta: Website
via [L'acte Gratuit, World Architecture News, whimsical-art]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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