Our design for the Loutalaki Ski Village seeks to create a new hybrid integrating distinct, identities such as village and resort, shelter and openness, cozy intimacy and natural majesty, unique character and careful continuity or simply - architecture and landscape.
The Ski Village is conceived as a gentle extension of the summit extending the existing cluster of buildings to create a new village square at the heart of the resort. The four buildings wrap around the central square to form a public pocket sheltered from the wind yet open and inviting to the sorrounding landascape. The majestic views from the the summit are contrasted by the intimate atmosphere of the spaces between the buildings. The gentle curves of the undulating roofs create a careful continuity of the natural landscape while lending the whole village the unique character of an architecture of ski slopes an inhabited mountain top. In the municipality of Kittila, Laplan, the new resort will be located on the mountain ridge of the Levi ski center, overlooking surrounding landscape and Sirkka village at the foot of the mountain. When first visiting the future Koutalaki village site you realize the proximity to the ski slopers but at the same time the importance of creating a connection for skiers as well. The gentle slope away from the main ski system seems to offer the solution for a unified proposal the creates maximum connectivity for skiers and pedestrians.
Partner in Charge
BJARKE INGELS, JAKOB LANGE
ERIK DE HAAN
JESPER VICTOR HENRIKSSON