ROC Verbier

ROC Verbier

Awarding Agency: Verbier

Time Frame: 2010

Program: Landscape

Associates: landscape architect Carolin Fickinger (JUCA)

Awards

2nd Place Verbier Urban Design Competition


New qualities of Verbier's downtown should enhace the identity of the town with its captivating mountain panoramas. To do so, the open spaces must be simultaneously large and detailed. At the large scale, the open space should delineate the "tapis urbain" from a settlement of widely scattered chalets while on the detailed side, "tectonique programmable" should account for the diversity of the old and new and the differences and versatility of the users.

Alluding to the vision of the idyllic, wild moutainscape, elements are transferred to the settlement that are beneficial for both the tourists and the residents that spend time here. These elemtns are most useful for the population and used as links to enhanve the towns identity.

Tapis Urbain - The site's surface is continuous and is layed out on the assumption that the urban landscape goes up to the edge of the house, or to the edge of the lot when it is private. This results not just a widening of the streetscape and a clear definition of the public spaces, it opens the space enough to allow the required lane to meander through the area like a brook. Technically this can serve as flood protection. Aesthetically the meandering brook of a street subordinates the traffic so that it is no longer the main program of the place.

Tectonique Programmable - Artificial bluffs push themselves literally through the monolithic surface coating and deform it to a dynamic topography. Unique niches, terraces and cracks ermerge, that borrow their forms from the surrounding mountains, but transformed to serve the urban needs of users and viewers. Situationally, the crags respond to needs level, private/public and infrastructural. To create open spaces, the formations change, what in the streetscape seemed hairline fractures, grow into plazas and the areas of high topographic changes become "mountains" of ramps and steps. Further cracks creack spaces for shady trees and unpaved surfaces.

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