La Galerie du temps suspendu
The Ritz-Carlton - Hotel de la Paix, Ginevra
The Hotel de la Paix was given this name for a reason. His story begins in the XIX century, in a very complex but fascinating historical moment: citizens from different countries were fighting for their independence and war was in the air. This hotel hosted many crucial meetings, including the official dinner of the International Congress of Peace that re-shaped the destiny of Europe.
Today the Hotel de la Paix is rediscovering its roots thanks to a project curated by Il Prisma and Barbara Casati.
Peace is harmony, and harmony is the inspiration of every aspect of this project, whose essence is transformed into art, time and nature.
Art and harmony
In the central cavaedium of the Hotel de la Paix, design meets tradition. An exhibition of tapestries celebrates the historical figures that attended the hotel, from Giuseppe Garibaldi to Victor Hugo. History becomes art, decorating multiple floors. The ancient technique of tapestry is reimagined in a contemporary way, offering the guests an immersive experience in La Galerie du temps suspendu
Time and harmony
The Alabama room owes its name to having hosted the dinner of the Alabama Claims. The Alabama Claims are considered the first international arbitration of the modern times, as a way to settle a controversy between two countries: Britain agreed to pay a huge compensation to the United States for the damages caused by the British vessel Alabama to several American merchant ships during the American Civil War.
Today this historical location becomes a meeting and commercial place, designed to meet the needs of both international guests and citizens of Geneva, but keeping the same spirit of unity and convergence.
Time and harmony are also the founding principles of the precision engineering and manufacturing industry that started flourishing in the city during the very same period. This prestigious industry is celebrated in the lobby by two pieces of art, Le Panneau du temps, an installation celebrating time with glowing moving hands that mark its passage, and La Cascade des engrenages, a cascade of gears flowing towards the reception area, symbolizing the caducity of life.
Nature and harmony
Mountains, lake, woods and urban landscape are harmonically balanced in the city of Geneva. Many visitors fell in love with this place. Among them, Princess Grace Kelly, who was usually staying at the suite that is now named after her: she loved the beautiful view on the luxurious landscape that can still be enjoyed from its windows. The duality of Grace Kelly's beauty, defined by Alfred Hitchcock as cold and sensual at the same time, is reflected in the design of the room's details.
This project is the result of a partnership between Il Prisma and Barbara Casati.