bjarke ingels group has unveiled plans for a new hotel in switzerland, which will be embedded into the topography of the scenic vallée de joux. designed for audemars piguet, ‘hôtel des horlogers’ will be sited next to the luxury watch manufacturer’s museum — which is also being designed by BIG. as part of the hotel’s design, five zigzagging volumes, which contain hotel rooms, traverse a gently sloping exterior path, leading directly to the museum as well as the region’s ski trails.


UPDATE: this project won the ‘leisure led development – future project’ category at the 2018 world architecture festival.

BIG audemars piguet hotel
all images courtesy of bjarke ingels group



designed by bjarke ingels group alongside local firm CCHE, audemars piguet’s ‘hôtel des horlogers’ will include about 50 rooms. internally, a continuous, sloping corridor connects the rooms, facilitating visitor and service circulation. on site amenities, which include two restaurants, a bar, a spa, and a conference center, are positioned beneath the inclined slabs and are oriented towards daylight and views.

BIG audemars piguet hotel
five zigzagging volumes traverse a gently sloping exterior path



from the main access road, the hotel’s tilting slabs frame views of the surrounding valley, establishing a connection between the village and the picturesque landscape. according to the design team, guests will be able to ski down the hotel’s rooftops, which will provide direct access to the adjacent slopes. it is forecast that the hotel, which is already under construction, will open to the public in 2020.

BIG audemars piguet hotel
the project includes two restaurants and a host of other amenities

BIG audemars piguet hotel
the hotel will include about 50 rooms

BIG audemars piguet hotel
the design is embedded into the topography of the scenic vallée de joux



project info:


name: audemars piguet hôtel des horlogers
date: september, 2018
program: commercial
status: under construction
size: 7,000 sqm / 75,347 sqf
project type: commission
client: audemars piguet
collaborators: CCHE architecture, ingphi SA, pierre chuard ingenieurs-conseils SA, sorane SA, duchein SA, mab-ingineurs SA, ignis salutem, ecoacoustique SA, alterego concept SA, jean pitteloud, thorens et associes SA
location: le brassus, switzerland


project team
partners-in-charge: bjarke ingels, thomas christoffersen, daniel sundlin, beat schenk
project manager: simon scheller
project architect: matthew oravec, lou arencibia and manon otto (landscape), pantea tehrani (interiors),
team: aaron mark, amro abdelsalam, aurelie frolet, casey tucker, catalina rivera, claire thomas, claire wadey, deborah campbell, ethan duffey, eva maria mikkelsen, evan wiskup, francesca portesine, gaurav janey, haochen yu, ibrahim salman, il hwan kim, jan leenknegt, jason wu, ji-young yoon, josiah poland, ku hun chung, malcolm rondell galang, martynas norvila, matthew oravec, melissa jones, nicolas gustin, nicolas lapierre, otilia pupezeanu, pascal loschetter, pierre goete teodor javanaud emden, rasmus streboel, rune hansen, seth byrum, shidi fu, sijia zhou, stephanie choi, supakrit wongviboonsin, terrence chew, tracy sodder, xinyu wang, morgan mangelsen, lu zhang