Hôtel des Horlogers, located within Switzerland’s scenic Vallée de Joux, will serve, in many ways, as a conventional hotel. The structure—designed in collaboration with the Swiss-based firm CCHE—will house 50 rooms, two restaurants, a bar, a spa, and a conference center. But then it gets interesting.
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) stacked “five zigzagging volumes next to each other, each slightly below the last, in a line that follows the natural slope of the terrain.”
This design isn’t merely cosmetic. There’s a pratical purpose. Guests will be able to ski down the rooftop. “Guests can exit their room, ski down the roof, and sinuously enter an adjacent slope on the mountain.”