THE OMNIA – A “Mountain Lodge” at the Foot of the Matterhorn
“Auf dem Fels, 3920 Zermatt” – This poetic and descriptive address, meaning “on the cliff” in German, is where you will find the hotel THE OMNIA, a building with a colorful construction history, built on a special site – actually on top of a cliff in a prominent location in the center of Zermatt. Today its three components unite the traditions of Swiss craftsmanship, the spirit of the American lodge concept and the timeless elegance of selected design classics of the 20th century into a harmonious whole. These trends were brought together by New York-based, Turkish-born architect and designer Ali Tayar.
Leaning Against the Cliff Wall
Almost majestically, THE OMNIA reigns over the city, leaning close to the cliff wall. Balconies supported by a steel structure grace the wood-paneled facade like a second spatial layer. Visitors reach the hotel through a tunnel blasted through the rock. From there, a glass elevator transports them up to the hotel lobby, 50 meters above. To complete the picture, guests can choose among 30 rooms and twelve suites, along with a restaurant, a spa, a library and a cavern carved deep into the granite, available to use as a club or conference room.
Primordial Yet Modern
Innately primordial materials dominate the interior spaces: gray granite, white oak, leather and felt. The architect insisted that the materials must be primarily from Switzerland and finished by domestic firms. Ali Tayar custom designed many of the furnishings and fixtures for the hotel. But in pursuit of his concept of the “Mountain Lodge,” he also brought the nonchalance of American modernism to Zermatt, with furniture by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Raymond Loewy, Vladimir Kagan and Eero Saarinen.
USM – a Classic Among Classics
USM modular furniture – displayed in the collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – complements this selection of modern classics. The reception counter, the shelves in the suites, a library in the penthouse suite and sideboards for the multimedia units in the rooms are just a few of the pieces by USM Haller. There are also two special features: Even the housekeeping teams can be seen in the hallways with USM Haller service carts. And USM know-how was incorporated into the design of the building – wholly in the tradition of the company, which originated as a metal manufacturing company and made its name with steel frame structures for modular construction even before it began making furniture.