51° Spa Resort

Loèche-les-Bains (Leukerbad), Switzerland

Because of the way we used thermal waters, International Property Awards named 51° Spa Residences the “Best Apartments in the World”

Loèche-les-Bains (Leukerbad), Switzerland

Completion Date
2012 (Design)

28 residential condominiums
72-key hotel, 20,000 SF spa

Project Type
Project Study

Professional Credits
Associate Architect: Chris Khaladj
Associate Interior Designer: Marc-Michaels

A one-of-a-kind resort

For international visitors, the 51° Spa Residences, 72-key boutique hotel, and luxury spa offer unique year-round experiences in an Alpine town that has enjoyed its thermal springs since Roman times.  A crossroads between old and new sections of town, the site is a natural clearing with spectacular views to the mountains, connecting community and nature.

Thermal Pools

Take the plunge, spas direct from the source


International Property Awards 2011

  • Best Apartment in the World 2011
  • Best Apartment in Europe 2011
  • Best Apartment in Switzerland 2011
  • Best Architecture in Switzerland 2011
  • Best Development in Switzerland 2011
  • Best Interior Design in Switzerland 2011

Sustainability Certificate
  • Minergie, Swiss standards for energy-efficient green buildings

A marriage of site and use

Our design makes residents and visitors feel linked to the history of the place while experiencing a new paradigm for resort living. Every detail – from private in-home use of thermal waters and rugged stone and wood materials, to the public plaza with its fountain of fire and ice – contributes to an unforgettable, immersive experience.

Smart concepts with good ROI

In an envisioning session (later presented at ULI), we collaborated with a real estate specialist to maximize property value through a site-specific program supported by market research, financial forecasts and design perspective. We proved that a branded spa resort and residences using local thermal waters would attract more investment than housing alone.

Interiors that are connected with the environment

Bedroom and bath
Living area
Outdoor sauna

Robert Blaser, AIA

Principal, Design Practice Leader
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