The warm and vast pool at the spa at Tschuggen Grand Hotel (Image: Manchester Evening News)
Stretching over 800m, its relaxation pool is bordered by views of the snow covered mountains, the two saunas, one set at an eco friendly 60 degrees, are made from reclaimed wood and have windows that act as a portal to the icy, white world outside.
Source: Warming the soul and learning to ski in Switzerland – Manchester Evening News
It’s even more impressive that a spa, the type of business with a reputation for being an energy hog, will essentially become the greenest building in town. Grocoff and his team are salvaging everything from the old bricks to the hardwood floors to the structural studs to be reused in the Sun Baths building as well as other future projects. Much of the wood came from Michigan’s virgin forests a century ago, meaning its of a higher quality than what is currently available in stores today.
“There are extraordinary materials in these buildings,” Grocoff says. “There are lots of good uses for these materials.”
via Deconstructing the past for a zero-energy future.
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