The world's tallest hotel Dubai's JW Marriott Marquis has some competition
Set to be surpassed by a new structure in the Swiss Alps
At 355 metres tall, the JW Marriott Marquis in Business Bay, Dubai is the world's tallest hotel. The UAE icon has inspired a new project, spearheaded by Swiss entrepreneur Remo Stoffel and US-based architect Morphosis.
Stoffel and Morphosis have announced plans to surpass the 355 metre JW Marriott, unveiling plans for a 381 metre structure in the Swiss Alps. The new luxury 107-room hotel will be situated at Vals in the Swiss Alps and is slated to open in 2019.
Remo Stoffel is chairman for the Dubai-based facilities managment company Farnek and expressed that he was inspired by by the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum:
"Due to my involvement with Farnek, I travel to Dubai on a regular basis and I am always amazed at how quickly the city grows and what it has achieved. It is now home to the busiest airport in the world, tallest tower, tallest hotel, the largest shopping mall, largest man-made island; the list goes on," said Stofell.
"During its early development, many local, regional and international observers, some more vocal than others, were unsure that Sheikh Mohammed's vision for Dubai would ever be realised. Even if the infrastructure was put in place, how would Dubai attract enough visitors to fill the thousands of new hotel rooms being built? Undeterred, Dubai stuck steadfastly to its strategy and last year it welcomed around 12 million overnight visitors and is now planning to accommodate 20 million visitors by 2020."
"That inspired me to realise my own vision, by forming 7132 Ltd, commissioning this stunning design, which will be built in my home town of Vals within four years," Stoffel added.