Auer+Weber designs a resort unlimited in functionality

Posted by Julie McClure on 3/26/13 9:20 AM  |  1 min read time

The main building will sit mostly in the mountains in a sloping terrain and be composed of materials and colors that mimic the surrounding landscape.

When the German firm of Auer+Weber+Assoziierte GmbH was hired to create a recreational resort in Courchevel, France, it wanted its design to integrate with the landscape, partly fusing with it. Currently under construction, The Grandes Combes Courchevel is proving to be everything the firm imagined.

Located prominently between two mountain peaks—close to where France, Switzerland, and Italy converge—the resort will feature a stunning array of activities for guests to enjoy, including skiing, climbing, swimming, and various wellness activities. A square on the street level brings these concepts together, widening the space and inviting passersby 
to linger in an urban center full of amenities.

The firm's biggest challenge was 
to manage the complexity of the task—all while integrating such a large-space program into its surroundings in a way such that the architecture became part of the landscape. The result is a resort that will offer a flowing and open access point to the outdoors, and create a space for guests to enjoy year-round that is unlimited in functionality—just as Auer+Weber's design philosophy intended.

The large-space program integrates into the surroundings so that the architecture becomes part of the landscape.

Read more about this project, and how the structural engineering, building services, energy planning,
 and lighting design teams achieved their goals by using the 3D design tools, commands, and capabilities found within Vectorworks software, here.

Images courtesy of Auer+Weber+Assoziierte GmbH.

Topics: Architecture, Success Story, Vectorworks Architect, Auer+Weber+Assoziierte GmbH, Case Study, Community, Project Highlight, The Grandes Combes Courchevel

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