Every architectural project has its own history, its unforeseen twists and turns, its changes in programme or paradigm, as well as its own minor miracles. The TC10 is no exception, on the back of the architects' proposal, this cable car station actually became a comfortable lounge space to meet the new needs of skiers and take full advantage of this truly exceptional site. Halfway between a work of art and a chill out zone, this atypical project was based on the form and feel of a nest. However, due to the mountain climate the form had to be made more compact. In this sweeping mountain setting, it has kept its original silhouette with its gabled facades and a spectacular overhang, conveying the notion of a fragile, slightly unbalanced installation perched on the mountainside.
A PANORAMIC VIEWPOINT
The tourist and mountain leisure and recreation sector has changed dramatically and so have the facilities. They are light years away from the uncomfortable, noisy ski lifts of the past. Architecture now plays a major role in producing comfortable, contemporary spaces in harmony with the environment. Will architecture play the same role in regenerating the tourist sector as it has in driving the development of Creative Cities? The architecture and the grandiose landscapes speak to each other. The project draws inspiration from nature and becomes a magnificent panoramic viewpoint. Nature becomes a majestic backdrop to the building.This is precisely the case for the TC10 project.
THE SOLAISE NEST
The building is shaped like a nest, composed of oblong and polygon shapes, some protruding from the structure. There are no right angles and the spaces are not linear; there is nothing obvious about the project. The open space in which skiers can move about freely effectively manages the the flow of users and staff. Externally, the angles form gables creating a contemporary take on a traditional chalet. The green roof creates coherence across the volume.
SOBRE CHOICE OF MATERIALS
The project uses a limited number of materials. These comply with the charter set out by the town of Val d'Isère: stone facings on the concrete structure, wood, glass, metal strips and modules. The light colours contrast with the dark metal of the cable car station.The external insulation is consistent with the nest concept.
VIEWS OF THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE
A RESTROOM IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD!
The trend for architects to make surprising, exuberant, luxury, carefully-crafted toilet facilities whenever they get the opportunity is nothing new. In the TC10, it is the focal point and the main reason for skiers entering the building. The designers imagined turning this restroom into a rest room - a lounge with a glazed promontory offering views of the mountains. This space which is usually hidden away, is here put on display for all to see.