Katharinenhof – Thalwilerhof – Hotel Sedartis
The era of the traditional Hotel Thalwilerhof, formerly known as Katharinenhof, came to an end with its demolition in the summer of 2002. In the same place, in just two years of construction, a modern business hotel and local meeting point came into being. The new four star hotel, built with much attention to detail and satisfying highest design standards, combines exciting space concepts with an extensive infrastructure, offering all inclusive first class service. Excellent prerequisites therefore, to hold your seminars, conferences, celebrations and other events in this truly unique ambiance.
Why a new building anyway?
Since the time of the original building, the former Katharinenhof, the hotel has been constantly adapted to meet new building requirements. In the sixties the changes were especially radical. The old hipped roof was removed, an additional floor was added and a new hipped roof in the style of the sixties was put into place.
A further intervention, years later, affected the banquet hall area; it was replaced by a two-story structure, and at the same time the facade was robbed of its maintenance intensive decorative elements. This led to a complete disfiguration of the building of the early days, as well as the adjoining property.
Following the change of ownership all possibilities for a new utilization were explored, and it was decided that the culinary and formerly also cultural center of the community should be brought back to life. As the structure of the existing building could not in any way meet today’s requirements for a modern hotel, various options for a completely new building were quickly explored. Even the cantonal office for the protection of monuments could not find elements which were worth preserving and also encouraged the demolition of the building.
The new name: Silk and Art
A strong new beginning also demands a strong name. A name was looked for that would communicate the hotel’s modern, innovative concept in combination with its location, its Thalwil roots, in a fresh, unused and surprising way. The selected name Sedartis has its origin in the words Seda (Spanish for silk) and art. So Sedartis stands for noble quality and silk tissues (as is known, Thalwil wrote history with its silk industry in the 19th century) but also for art and culture - design and modern architecture, quality and innovative power.
Based on the concrete connections with Thalwil, the theme silk was ideally suited to be applied in exciting, creative ways to the hotel’s design.