IN COLLABORATION WITH EASA CH
Villars-sur-Ollon’s ice rink has been built in the 1960’s and plays an ambivalent role in current dynamics. On one hand, it holds an important heritage and many indigenous people attach an important emotional bond to it. On the other hand, it is energetically and socially inefficient, as its accessibility and visibility is low. As one of the only ice rinks functioning all year round (!), it attracts users from all over the region. Professional ice hockey teams but also educational institutes drive a long way to be able to use it.
The ice rink is part of the sports complex, which also hosts an indoor swimming pool, a spa and a skateboarding park. These activities are part of the actions of Villars to position itself as a host village for sports, health and family tourism. However, due to the relative antiquated equipment and poor profitability of the infrastructure, Villars-sur-Ollon wishes to seek for new scenarios. Should the ice rink be kept? If yes, should it still be functioning all year long? How can the access made easier for people with and without a car? How can it be complemented by other activites and services, in order to profit both locals and tourists in a sustainable way? In order to offer a new perspective on this matter, this contest wants to hear from architecture students about how social and economical issues can be potentially answered by daring new masterplans