BTA designed Alpensia Resort Village Chosen by International Olympic Committee to To Host 2018 Winter Olympics
IOC President Jacques Rogge recently announced the victory at the IOC’s session in Durban. It will be the first time a Korean city has staged the Winter Games and only the third time it will have been held in Asia.
In 2005, Brent Thompson Architects (BTA) master planned the concept for Alpensia with the express intent of enabling South Korea to win the right to host the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Alpensia and its InterContinental and Holiday Inn resort hotels will serve as the host hospitality village for the olympics. Alpenisa’s ski jump facility, host of South Korea’s celebration fete on the evening of the announcement, will also serve as the venue for the Game’s opening and closing ceremonies.
Brent Thompson master planned Alpensia using BTA‘s “12 Elements of a Great Destination,” and one of GDW‘s primary master planning principles: “Endless variety within a distinct identity.” The design has wide appeal, extends stays and results in repeat visitation. Winter resort villages around the world were studied in detail, and special attention was given to Whistler, Canada, host of the 2010 Games. Thompson planned Alpensia based on the results of his research.
The Pyeonchang region narrowly missed winning each of the past two Winter Olympic votes, losing to Whistler in 2010 and the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi for 2014.
“This is one of the happiest days for our country, our people and millions of youth dreaming of winter sport,” Pyeongchang bid chief Cho Yang-ho told Reuters seconds after the announcement.
The Pyeongchang delegation in Durban cheered and chanted “Korea, Korea” after Rogge announced the decision. On Wednesday, Korea won an unusual outright on the first round vote.
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