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The Kulm Country Club: a hidden gem in St. Moritz!
Restyling project by Norman Foster & kitchen run by the world’s best chefs: the Kulm Country Club is (still) a not-to-be-missed destination
Recently renovated by none other than Lord Norman Foster, the historic Country Club of Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz is now re-opening its doors in a pop-up version. Since 1864, the legendary hotel has been a major landmark for mountain tourism in St. Moritz and Engadin, standing out as a unique site that the world-renowned British architect – who defines himself as “a sympathetic resident” of the city – approached with the aim of “bringing the historic structure and the Davos Plaun back to life, to recreate a space for the local community. Using the local tradition of wood, the entire ensemble is designed to be of the place, both in spirit and materials”.
By developing onto two levels, the building keenly preserves its historic features: a mix of Art Nouveau and traditional Swiss style, it comprises a majestic staircase leading from the lounge bar to the restaurant that was accurately preserved from the original layout. Cutting-edge technology was employed strictly to enhance the building’s performance and provide ad hoc services and maximum comfort according to modern needs.
Fine wooden floorings intertwine with various alpine memorabilia displayed throughout the Kulm Hotel as a tribute to the region’s history of woodcraft and mountaineering: period bobsleighs, racing sleds and ski equipment, along with an artful selection of vintage shots, give the environment a cozy and comfortable feel so that guests can feel at ease while enjoying a warm culinary experience. The renovated pavilion adapts smoothly to the more contemporary design interventions, which appear as somewhat seamless thanks to the abundant use of spruce wood all over the place.
First established in 1905, the Kulm Country Club immediately became a prestigious gathering place for residents and visitors, while also hosting many of the world’s most relevant ski-related events: back in 1928 and 1948, the building was the official event base for the Winter Olympic Games, and thanks to its sun-drenched terrace overlooking private tennis courts in summer and the natural ice rink in winter is an all-time fave hotspot for both locals and guests still today. The restyled restaurant of Kulm Country Club will operate on a pop-up philosophy with an ever-rotating selection of internationally acclaimed chefs: after Nenad Mlinarevic, it is now the turn of Italo-Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco to take up residencies in the kitchen for the entire month of March.
The hotel's re-opening required a 11 million refurbishment and extension, a huge investment also looked upon by the local community who can now benefit of a brand new meeting and social hub.
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