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.
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.