Recreation with repetitive module

Ski Centre in Olivone, Switzerland by Durisch+Nolli

In the Swiss Alps, 1,400 metres above sea level, stands a cross-country skiing centre that attracts families and elite skiers with its well-prepared trails in a stunning environment. Since the centre was created in the 1970s, it has been sympathetically expanded. The latest addition is a building with social facilities and accommodation, carefully inserted between existing buildings so as not to pull focus from the surrounding landscape, which remains the star of the show.

The concrete basement level contains the changing rooms and services. Above that everything is wood, most of which has been left exposed. The ground floor has restaurants and other public spaces, with moveable walls so the rooms can easily be reconfigured for larger gatherings. The upper floor houses guest bedrooms and a spa. The structure in CLT and glulam is based on a 4.6 metre wide modular measurement, which rationalised the construction process so the skiers could quickly begin using the new facilities.


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