International design firm Cuningham Group Architecture is the designer of the home of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, as announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Alpensia Resort will be the hub of events and competitions – including many of the premiere games such as ski jumping, biathlon and cross-country skiing. The Winter Olympics open Feb. 9 and run until Feb. 25.
Alpensia is situated in two beautiful and adjacent valleys in Pyeonchang in Korea’s Gangwon-do province. A charming Alps-inspired village – the focal point of the resort – will now become Olympic Village. Nestled in the heart of the larger of two valleys, the village concentrates shops, restaurants, entertainment and activity venues as well as many of the resort’s accommodations in a relatively small, vibrant area.
At the heart of the village is a retail and entertainment pedestrian promenade. With a grand piazza and five-star hotel and wellness center at one end of the promenade, and a second piazza, family hotel, waterpark and conference center at the other, this pedestrian zone will be the hub of 2018 Olympics activity. Also within the resort are major sports facilities, including a spectacular ski jump, as well as several hundred residences. Source and photos Courtesy of Cuningham Group.