"On the rock, 3920 Zermatt" - what an address that is both poetic and revealing! It is the home of The Omnia, a house with an eventful history located in a particular and prestigious site, because it is built on a rock in the center of Zermatt. With its three elements, the hotel combines the Swiss craft tradition, the spirit of American lodges and the timeless elegance of 20th century design classics in a harmonious unity. It is the Turkish architect and designer Ali Tayar, living in New York, who brought these currents together.
The Omnia majestically overlooks the city, leaning tightly against the cliff. In front of the wood-clad façade, the balconies supported by a steel construction form a second spatial volume. Visitors reach the hotel through a gallery excavated in the rock. From there, a glass elevator takes them to the foyer of the hotel located 50 meters higher. The host can choose from 30 rooms and twelve suites, the offer being complemented by a restaurant, a spa area, a library and a cavern carved out of granite that can be used as a club or conference room.
The interior is dominated by very traditional materials: gray granite, white oak, leather and felt. The architect wanted to use materials mainly from Switzerland and worked by local companies. Many furniture and facilities have been specially designed for this hotel by Ali Tayar. Following his idea of "Mountain Lodge", he also brought a casual American modernism to Zermatt: the interior is furnished with furniture by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Raymond Loewy, Vladimir Kagan and Eero Saarinen.
The USM modular furniture systems, which are part of the collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art MoMA, complete this selection of modern classics. Examples of USM Haller's use include the reception desk, the shelves in the suites, a library in the Roof-Suite and low furniture hosting the multimedia equipment in the rooms.
Two special features to note: Room service teams move in the corridors with service wagons made up of USM Haller elements. USM's know-how also played a role in the construction of the house, following the tradition of a company whose beginnings date back to the manufacture of metals and which became known by metal frame constructions before even to start making furniture.