Five minutes with Mario Botta, architect
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Starchitect Mario Botta digs deep in his home country of Switzerland
The Tschuggen Bergoase Spa, Switzerland
Mario Botta, architect
‘One of my most talked about buildings is the Tschuggen Bergoase Spa (tschuggen.ch/en) in Switzerland, which has a very distinctive look.
'Most of the spa is actually underground, built deep into the mountain range behind the Tschuggen Hotel. T
'his was what attracted me to the project – building within the bowels of the earth. But the wow factor comes from the nine tree-shaped skylights, which emerge from the earth.
‘When I stay in hotels, I look for a feeling of serenity. I want to feel cosseted and looked after.
‘I keep extremely busy. I am working on 20 different projects at the moment: across America, Europe and also in China and Korea.
'They are all very different – from the winery Château Faugères (chateau-faugeres.com) in Saint-Emilion, France, to the Bechtler Art Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.’