Mont-Blanc Base Camp
The project was to design a headquarters building for Blue Ice, a company specialized in products for outdoor sports of various kinds, which includes base jumping. The site looks up the peak of Mont-Blanc.
In order for the architecture and its surrounding forests to dissolve in the environment, the façade of the building is almost like the trees in the wood, as it consists of thick, unskinned panels of oak. The roof is also composed of the unskinned planks.
The roof is designed wide and grand, so that it goes in harmony with the inclination of the land. In its underneath, a one-room space extends lit by natural forestall light from the top. The working space of the office is placed like a terrace in this woody space.
Contributed by Kengo Kuma and Associates
Les Houches is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France. You can find it 60 km away from the nearest town of Albertville. Les Houches is a ski resort with a domain which extends from an altitude of 950 metres up to 1900 metres.
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