The hotel's conversion was completed in 2010, but the building (center) dates back, in one form or another, eight centuries. The right side of the building, below the lowest part of the gray roof, is actually a chapel, the most historic part of the building. The chapel and the hospice have been rebuilt a number of times for various reasons, most recently 100 years ago.
Miller & Maranta kept the building basically as is but added a floor, created a new wooden structure and added a new roof. The last piece is the most idiosyncratic aspect of the design, due to its asymmetrical form, its exaggerated dormers and the lead surface.
As we round the lake in front of the hotel, the chapel's bell tower becomes visible at right.
Approaching the building, we can see the chapel entry; the hotel entry is on the far side of the building from this view. The roof's asymmetry continues around this side as well.
The fourth side of the building, where the entrance to the hotel is found, varies from the other three in that it is one solid wall, sans roof.
The ground-floor entry is more monastic or like a church than a hotel, which is fitting given the building's history. The small windows appear larger because of the size of the opening on the inside face of the deep wall. I'll admit that this photo captures only a fraction of the quality of light coming in through these windows.
A corridor that leads to the stair in the center of the building is definitely more hotel-like. The stone floor is an especially nice touch.
The upstairs corridors that serve the different rooms utilize wood floors and a similar gray wall finish. Overall the finishes are minimal, but they exude a warmth that is accentuated by the light coming in through the small windows. Note the tray at the door for holding shoes.
The unit I was able to visit is a duplex that serves five people. A living area comprises the entry level downstairs, and two bedroom areas are upstairs. Every surface is covered in solid wood boards, making the rooms warmer still than the corridors.
The stair is especially nice. The simple design features a solid guardrail down the center of the steps.
One of the two bedrooms upstairs is larger than the other, serving three people. Here we can see the new wood structure that the architects added. It's apparent that the room is under the roof's peak. All of the finishes and even the furniture pieces are simple, but the spaces are very cozy.
The other bedroom has two beds; not visible is a dresser serving both. Again we see a small window centered in the room. The room layouts are hardly regular, matching the asymmetrical exterior. Inside, the design creates a calm that is a respite from the unpredictable weather of St. Gotthard Pass.