Swiss hotel with cosmopolitan charm opts for profiles from the Salamander Outdoor World
Guests who visit the Swiss Hotel Bellevue Terminus can experience how elements from the Belle Epoque combine in harmony with modern architecture. The refurbished entrance to the Yucatan restaurant gleams with a new stylish design. The particularly robust material properties and the natural design put Salamander Outdoor profiles at the top of the list when deciding which was the right material.
The Hotel Bellevue Terminus is more than 100 years old and is located in the centre of Engelberg at the foot of the Titlis, a holiday paradise in Switzerland. Since it was opened in 1898, the property has been radiating its cosmopolitan flair, and today still evokes the economic boom that prevailed at the turn of the 20th century. Life pleasures and the spirit of laissez-faire were as much the social focus then as they are today, and are reflected not only in the faces of the hotel guests but also in the interior design of the rooms, where top-class materials and modern design combine with a modern-day charm of the Belle Epoque.
The carefree attitude towards life of the haute bourgeoisie in those days should also play a prominent role in the hotel's own bars and restaurants, which is why the outdoor and indoor areas of the adjacent Yucatan Restaurant are to be renovated this summer. The ageing silver fir timber of the façade, the pillar panelling and the bench seats had already suffered long exposure to the climate and were looking quite the worse for wear; they were grey and were flaking. For this reason, the hotel management was looking specifically for a state-of-the-art material that would both withstand adverse weather conditions endurably and also embrace a superior atmosphere in the restaurant. The outdoor profiles from Salamander provide the ideal solution here.
The German traditional company and extrusion specialist Salamander uses a high-quality raw materials mix (also known under the name "Resysta") to manufacture its profiles. The fundamental secret behind this material composition is the high-density share of rice husks that the material contains with its high concentration of silicate. This ingredient is responsible for the pronounced water-repellent properties, which make the profile ideal for use in catering establishments. They are absolutely splitter-free, water-resistant and durable; while their natural timber design is further enhanced by the numerous colour glazing options available to treat the surface. The speciality here: just as the rice husks protect the rice grain, they also protect the profiles from fungal decay and insect attack, UV radiation, greying and rotting. A special production process gives the material its natural wood-type look and feel, which makes it a predestined, powerful alternative to wood or WPC for outdoor patios.
High-grade Salamander profiles in a warm walnut colour were used as panelling for the outer wall and pillars during renovation of the hotel restaurant, and were fitted by Holztechnik Bühler AG. The outdoor seating was also refurbished, while retaining the existing substructure made of galvanised steel. "The broad spectrum of products and numerous combinations available for the profiles expanded our creative scope during installation", Markus Langenstein, Project Manager and co-owner of the Holztechnik Bühler AG reported. "Compared with other construction materials, we also benefit from the processing methods that apply to the material composition of the profiles, since the same tools can be used as with wood."
Processors in Switzerland who are interested in the material can order profiles from Herzog Elmiger AG, a large retailer in the regional centre. "The Resysta material composition allows us to offer our customers an extensive design range and thereby address specific customer needs. It is always a pleasure to see how customers use the profiles to realise their creative ideas for their property", Roman Odermatt, Marketing Manager of Herzog Elmiger AG explains.