Resurfacing after the Flood
27. December 2021
Dobas helped breathe new life into Restaurant and Hotel Rössli after it was flooded in summer 2021. The interior design concept features earthy tones, golden details and floating eye-catchers.
The summer of 2021 was a wet one in Switzerland. It rained and rained and rained. The rain, in fact, went on for so long without letting up that a number of places were literally deluged. One of the places affected was the central Swiss municipality of Stansstad on Lake Lucerne, where the water rose and made its way into the ground floor of Restaurant and Hotel Rössli.
It was an unusual reason for a renovation, and that reflected itself in the way the project unfolded. Normally, a restaurant or shop stays open during the initial project phases up until it’s time to renovate the interior, which allows the business to continue generating revenue. But, due to the flood and its consequences, the Rössli was forced to halt operations immediately. It goes without saying that this unplanned closure had to be kept as short as possible.
Finding the positive side of water
Dobas was commissioned with developing and implementing a new design concept for the restaurant and reception areas of the Rössli. I didn’t start my design process at square one, as I usually do, because the hotel’s directors, sisters Angela and Shila Christen, wanted to keep the tables, chairs and carpet model (see the material board, bottom right) from the previous interior.
I chose the fish as the basic motif for the concept. Even before the pluvial summer of 2021, there had been a fish hanging in the Rössli as a decorative element, and it was also present in different variations on the menu of the restaurant, which boasts an impressive 14 Gault-Millau points. Now the shimmering sea dwellers permeate the entire space: the walls are covered in 6,500 (!) individually laid, scale-shaped tiles, while golden fish float across the wallpaper in the reception area and an abstract, eye-catching shoal of fish made of acrylic glass was installed in the back part of the restaurant.
The placement of the shoal was no accident. Before the space was redesigned, guests had never been particularly fond of the tables in the back part of the restaurant, with its uninviting temperature and uneven acoustics. In order to make that seating area more attractive, we installed dark blue acoustic panels on the ceiling in addition to the acrylic glass fish.
To complement the existing furniture, we installed a padded bench made of dark-brown leather that runs continuously along the walls of the dining area. Tables in the 60-square-metre restaurant can arranged and rearranged, and there is a large tabletop that can be quickly set up alongside the bench if needed. Lamps can be repositioned easily thanks to mounted electricity tracks that use a clever click system. That way, when tables are moved around, nobody has to go fishing around for their food in the dark.
After the three-month hiatus, the directors started welcoming guests to their restaurant and hotel once again this past October. We hope the Rössli team continues along their successful path and their guests enjoy the underwater experience!