Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter win competetion for Maison des Avalins

In the heart of the renowned village of Val d’Isère, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter in collaboration with Odile + Guzy Architectes has designed la Maison des Avalins, set to operate as the cornerstone of the community.

While offering a new year-round destination for both locals and visitors, this resort respects and honors the existing village of Val d’Isère.

Image © Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

With its clear and refined lines, the building’s silhouette will rise gracefully against the backdrop of the Alpine ranges, not only embracing but also enhancing the landscape.

Drawing inspiration from a rich palette of architectural principles, the project integrates spatial design, aesthetic expression, and functional efficiency.

Image © Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Uniting a complex program of public spaces, sports facilities, and commercial space in one compact building, it seamlessly blends into its majestic environment while prioritizing user-friendly spaces that cater to a diverse range of needs.

During the summer, stone steps that naturally blend with the terrain will lead into the heart of the building – but visitors can easily find access to the public entrance all year round.

Image © Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Each design element pays tribute to the project’s historical and environmental context, reflecting the unique character of the region and referencing traditional alpine architecture reimagined for a new, contemporary context.

The building’s architecture adopts a dual aesthetic approach: the sturdy base of local stone grounds the structure, while the light, wooden frameworks above, shaped by local building techniques, reflects the surrounding peaks.

Site Plan

The orientation of the building’s spaces has been carefully designed, each of which is reached through the main hall, and offers visitors the experience of a different landscape.

Large openings frame stunning views of local landmarks like the Face de Bellevarde, home to the yearly Men’s Downhill World Cup, the peaks of the Vanoise, and the local church.


These views are integral to the experience of the building, inviting the outside in.

More than just a building, la Maison des Avalins is designed to be a cultural landmark, where sport, history, tradition, and community converge. Source by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter.


Location: Val d’Isère, France

Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Collaboration: Odile + Guzy Architectes

Client: Mairie de Val d’Isère

Size: 3 200m2 (without basement)

Year: 2024

Images: Jeudi Wang, Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

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