There are ski-in/ski-out hotels where the ski slopes are just outside the hotel providing the ultimate in convenience for skiers. An Architectural Digest article recently pointed out one skihotel where one could actually ski on the hotel itself to head to the slopes. Apparently, acclaimed Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was commissioned for the project to design a hotel for Audemars Piguet’s Hôtel des Horlogers in Le Brassus, Switzerland.
The ingenuity of the design is such that guests could actually start skiing from the top floor that happens to be level with the street and down into the valley that connects to the chairlifts in Le Brassus which is part of the Vallée de Joux ski area. Horologists would also be familiar with Le Brassus as the place where watchmaker Audemars Piguet was founded. And when this property is completed in 2019, there is one more reason to visit Le Brassus.
In the design brief, the project was designed to be ‘seamlessly integrated into the smooth topography of the scenic Vallée de Joux’. Starting with 5 rectangular components, the architect expands the components outwards at an angle to mould it with the landscape, and along the same time creating a conveniently sloping path down from the roof to the local ski trails. These sloping paths would allow skiers to ski all the way down on the hotel into the ski lifts, adding another meaning to ski-in/ski-out with the possibility of skiing out from the hotel rooms directly.
The project is jointly designed with Lausanne-based architectural firm CCHE and when completed, this beautiful hotel will have 50 rooms, two restaurants, a bar, a spa, and a conference center. With a modern design and an innovative setup for skiers to ski right out of their rooms into the ski areas, this is one of those skihotels that could make it into my list of skihotels to visit. As a fan of well-designed hotels, I am sure looking to try staying at this hotel over the winter even when the village of Le Brassus or the Vallée de Joux region does not exactly rank highly in terms of places to ski.