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public spaces in Verbier. CH
ideas competition, first prize
date: March 2010 – ongoing
client: municipality of Bagnes
quantitative data: approx. 40.000 m2
with Esther Mètais (landscape)
spazi pubblici a Verbier (Svizzera)  
The project intends to provide the public space of the town with an identifiable character, which is now lacking due to the heavy traffic predominance and the heterogeneous surfaces and objects. The materials available in the Valais canton are the perfect tools to meet the functional requirements of the project:
-Alpine granite defines the pavement of the whole pedestrian area, including all interstitial spaces and semi-public areas of squares and streets.
-Water can be found everywhere in town, making its way down the natural slope and taking different shapes (bisse, fountains, water mirrors, etc.)
-Wood is used for all kind of support equipments for ordinary and seasonal activities.
The project's key concept is SUPERBISSE, a homogeneous space organizing and integrating the urban furniture.