L'Equipe - Winter special

December 29, 2022
Transformed hotels, completely remodeled residences... In resorts, many buildings considered obsolete are now beginning their second life under a new appearance. Is the impact on the environment less? Is the clientele happy with it?

The Lodji, which is growing out of the walls of the former Alp'hotel in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, the former Mercure transformed into a new-generation motel in Chamonix, the historic Club Med in Val-d'Isère, which has become the first Exclusive Collection resort in the mountains, and the Cachette, the new cocoon that preserves the heritage of the architect Charlotte Perriand in Arcs 1600... There is no shortage of examples of large-scale renovations in all the resorts this winter. At a time of numerous climatic challenges and the need to stop the sprawl of resorts, renovation is an obvious choice. As Pauline Fatiga, project manager for the Cachette project in Les Arcs, explains: "Renovation is the future in the mountains because we reuse what is already there, without impacting new areas. An approach that rarely rhymes with simplicity: "The constraints are greater than in new construction because you have to adapt to what already exists and find solutions. On this particular project, one of the major challenges was to keep the basis of Perriand's architecture while respecting the new standards," confirms the specialist.


ARC 1600

This mythical establishment in Les Arcs, designed by the architect Charlotte Perriand in the 1970s, is being reborn this winter while keeping its concept of opening up to nature. The new hotel offers 260 beds, from the classic double room to the XXL suite. Here, the antique furniture mixes with the new and the carpeting reveals the topographical curve of the territory.

The bar area is a must and is completely glassed in, offering a view of the slopes.

We like: the vast sunny terrace which also serves the restaurant.

November 26, 2022