Swiss Hotel Will Allow Guests to Ski Down Its Roof in 2020
The old "ski off the top of the roof" -- you don't have to be an Olympic skier to pull off this party-trick. Instead, in 2020, you're encouraged to do just that at the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers in the Vallée de Joux, western Switzerland.
The new hotel was designed by architects from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). It features a zig-zagging, sloped roof built to blend seamlessly into the snowy, mountainous surroundings. "Quite early in the process we fell in love with this idea of a terrace building that follows the topography, the site is essentially sitting in a slope," BIG partner Daniel Sundlin said to CNN.
Direct roof-to-slope access is possible through outdoor hotel room corridors that grant direct access to the tilted roof terraces. "Essentially there's a local cross-country trail just in front of the building," said Sundlin. "There will be an adjacent space where you can change gear and put your skis on and essentially just ski down the ramp and out into nature. "
The hotel's namesake comes from Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet and will feature an exhibit that showcases his work. Within the hotel, there will also be two restaurants, a bar, a spa and a conference room. Rooms were designed to provide guests with more of a "guesthouse" feel rather than one of a traditional hotel.
The major architectural theme BIG is going for is the strengthening of interpersonal relationships, as the multi-purpose roof will symbolize "connection." Sundlin also explained that the sky-to-slope roofs will also work as a means of forming ties between hotel guests and the local community. "Being able to ski directly out of your hotel room into the landscape will give plenty of people a seamless and exciting way to explore their surroundings," says Sundlin.
The first brick for Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers was laid in August 2018 and construction for the hotel is currently still in progress.