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BIG's new hotel will let guests ski on its roof

BIG's new hotel will let guest...
The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers is due to be completed in 2020
The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers is due to be completed in 2020
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The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers is due to be completed in 2020
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The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers is due to be completed in 2020
The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers will have a total floorspace of 7,000 sq m (75,300 sq ft)
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The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers will have a total floorspace of 7,000 sq m (75,300 sq ft)
The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers will enable guests to ski down its sloping terraces
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The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers will enable guests to ski down its sloping terraces
The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers will include two restaurants, a bar, a spa, and a conference center
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The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers will include two restaurants, a bar, a spa, and a conference center
The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers will be located near Audemars Piguet's museum
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The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers will be located near Audemars Piguet's museum
The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers was commissioned by Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet
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The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers was commissioned by Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet
Architectural drawing of the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers
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Architectural drawing of the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers
Architectural drawing of the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers
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Architectural drawing of the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers
Architectural drawing of the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers
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Architectural drawing of the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers
Architectural drawing of the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers
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Architectural drawing of the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers

The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) always puts an interesting spin on its projects – take the Lego House and pyramid-shaped Via 57 West, for example. Such is the case with the firm's recently-unveiled Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers, which will enable guests to ski down from its roof to the ground via a sloping zigzagging path.

The Hôtel des Horlogers was commissioned by Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet and also involves local firm Cche Architecture. Once built, it will measure a total floorspace of 7,000 sq m (75,300 sq ft) and include two restaurants, a bar, a spa, and a conference center.

The building will have a stepped form to blend into the hillside plot and a long zigzagging path will reach all the way from roof to ground. While renders show it covered in grass in summer, during winter months the terraces will be covered with snow and guests will be able to ski down directly from their hotel rooms to access nearby ski trails.

The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers will enable guests to ski down its sloping terraces
The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers will enable guests to ski down its sloping terraces

"The hotel seamlessly rises from the surrounding landscape and gently unfolds onto the site," says BIG. "Interweaving the building with the topography, the community and public sphere become instantly engaged. The terrain fluidly becomes the roof, inviting guests to descend in skis towards the slopes of Vallée de Joux."

The Hôtel des Horlogers is currently under construction and due to be completed in 2020. It will be located next to Audemars Piguet's upcoming museum, which is also designed by BIG in collaboration with Cche Architecture and will feature a spiraling form part-buried underground.

Source: BIG

3 comments
MerlinGuy
Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
Nelson Hyde Chick
Like ski resorts have a future with our changing climate!?
Heard it here
So zero privacy for the hotel guests?