The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

All I want for Christmas is a trip to Avoriaz. I had never heard of this place before finding it on Alastair Philip Wiper's site; the ace photographer has been documenting the French ski resort for years, and I've never seen anything quite like it. The more I read about it, the more I want to go.

The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

Avoriaz was built in the 1960s—the brainchild of Olympic downhill gold medalist (and local) Jean Vuarnet, who teamed up with a developer and brought on a trio of newbie architects—Jacques Labro, Jena Jacques Orzoni and Jean-Marc Roques—to create a somewhat mysterious, fantasy-inspired getaway nestled in the hills outside the town of Morzine.

The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

About a decade later, the resort inaugurated its own impressive (and sadly defunct) sci-fi and horror film fest, which is fitting because, damn, it looks cinematic as heck emerging from the foggy night sky, backlit by moody hues.

The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

The rustic weathered woods are a nod to a shingled style common to the area, but the incredible architectural geometry of these chalets and apartments is completely unique, and pure magic.

The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

In some images, the scale looks like these are homes for mad scientist gnomes on another planet; in others, it seems like a mountainous enclave of cozy super-structures constructed in the distant past or way far future.

The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

Wiper also snapped a winter series, as well as numerous black-and-white shots of the hamlet, which each offer a completely different perspective. Then there's this epic panorama on Avoriaz's official site, which shows the stunning surroundings. Un-freaking-real.

The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

I'd highly, highly recommend a jump over to explore Wiper's blog, which is like a where's-where of awesome visual tours. Visit CERN in Switzerland; see the Copenhagen Metro under construction; try to figure out what the hell is going on at the radio anechoic chamber at Denmark's Technical University (DTU); marvel at the Guildford Cathedral in England; and tons more. And, if you happen to be in Copenhagen anytime between now and the new year, you should check out Avoriaz: The Enchanting Village, an exhibition of Wiper's work at Bygningskulturens Hus (it runs until January 31st).