personeni raffaele schärer architects: aquapark in the alps
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aug 29, 2011
personeni raffaele schärer architects: aquapark in the alps

‘aquapark in the alps’ by personeni raffaele schärer architects
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lausanne-based practice personeni raffaele schärer architects has designed a competition proposal for the ‘aquapark in the alps’ located in crans-montana, switzerland. carved into the pristine sitting of the swiss alps and concealed with a green roof, this water park is seamlessly blended into the mountain landscape. interior rooms revealed by the shifting topography are enclosed with glass façades providing impressive views of the surrounding lake and trees. a low roof profile is maintained by submerging building levels underground minimizing the impact of construction on the setting.

deck with view of mountains




programmatic spaces border an artificial valley formed with smooth rocks as if eroded and polished by the clear mountain stream. the ground floor contains the public spaces including lobby, daycare and restaurant while lockers, fitness, wellness and water spaces  are placed below grade. a cavern-like passageway leads visitors towards a simulated mountain environment protected from unpredictable climactic conditions.

glass enclosed water park

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level -1






roof structure

conceptual context plan

aerial model

aerial model

model with roof

model without roof




project info:


competition: 2010 (second prize)
architects: personeni raffaele schärer architectes
client: accm
user: public water park
address: route de la moubra 3963 crans-montana, vs
water park, swiming pool and green spaces

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