Two New, Community-Oriented Ski Resorts
Are you looking for a community-oriented ski vacation? Well, soon you can visit Eden, Utah. Architectural firm MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple is designing an innovative, minimalist ski resort in Utah for Summit.
According to Hospitality Design, Summit is a producer of invitation-only events that focus heavily on community building. And since Brian MacKay-Lyons has a background in urban design, it’s a match made in heaven.
When the project is complete, the ski resort in Utah, which encompasses 11,500 acres and comprises 30 cottages. They will be built closely together according to the principles of communal spaces and neighborly proximity. In other words, they’ll be clustered around shared spaces, much in the manner that villages and towns were originally built. There will be four different types of cottages. They will all be specifically designed to blend with the contours of Powder Mountain and maximize the view of the imposing landscape. Moreover, they’ll embrace the ethos of land stewardship and climate responsiveness.
Interestingly, it’s not the first community-oriented ski resort in recent years. Inhabitat reports that in May 2019, Norwegian architectural firm Reiuif Ramstad Arkitekter — also referred to as RRA — was awarded first place in a competition organized by Alpinco Gondoltoppen AS to design a mixed-use resort in an alpine village named Hafjell.
The result is the design for a resort called Mosetertoppen. Its buildings will be situated closely together around communal spaces to evoke the feeling of a densely populated village. Like the Summit project, the predominantly wooden structures will be specifically designed to blend into the mountainous setting. However, the designs and dimensions of the structures’ exteriors and interiors will vary to ensure visual interest.
As a growing number of developers and architects focus more on providing Millennials with a good customer experience, the chances are high that this trend of communal, environmentally-friendly design will continue for the foreseeable future.