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The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

All I want for Christmas is a trip to Avoriaz. I had never heard of this place before finding it on Alastair Philip Wiper’s site; the ace photographer has been documenting the French ski resort for years, and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The more I read about it, the more I want to go.

Avoriaz was built in the 1960s—the brainchild of Olympic downhill gold medalist (and local) Jean Vuarnet, who teamed up with a developer and brought on a trio of newbie architects—Jacques Labro, Jena Jacques Orzoni and Jean-Marc Roques—to create a somewhat mysterious, fantasy-inspired getaway nestled in the hills outside the town of Morzine.

 

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