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Zurich’s Atlantis by Giardino Unveils New Look

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND—The Atlantis by Giardino, which has played host to celebrities such as Steve McQueen, Freddie Mercury and Muhammad Ali, has reopened after an extensive renovation here.

Built in the late 1960s, the property with its three wings resembles a Y-shape. There’s a transparent ground floor, which is topped by three stories and a hovering attic. Dark parquet flooring, padded walls and surfaces of stone in the bathrooms adorn the 95 rooms and suites. The hotel comprises of two restaurants, an outdoor pool and a large spa.

“As a stage for international guests and a meeting point for Zurich’s citizens, we would like to tie in with the hotel’s glamorous times of the 70s and 80s,” said GM Martin Vossen.

The interior design plays with the architecture of the building, which is located at the bottom of the Üetliberg. Like a main artery, the listed spiral staircase connects the ground floor with the three stories above. Wood and marble are used throughout the space.

Inge Moore, creative director of the London-based design firm The Gallery HBA, has revived two classical armchairs, which are placed opposite the reception desk as they were in the early years. New furnishings were designed by HBA and manufactured by Molteni in Italy.

“The border between leisure and business blurs more and more. Therefore, the Atlantis by Giardino is aiming at guests who do business in Zurich and want to experience the city but at the same time are looking for relaxation,” said Philippe and Daniela Frutiger, CEOs of the Giardino Group.