Working with spectacular mountain scenery as a backdrop, the design of the new center speaks to the history, spirit and simple beauty of the built and natural environments in this rural New England setting.
The buildings form two large courtyards creating the core of the new town square.
The central community spaces accommodate vendors and performers in warmer weather and sleigh rides in winter.
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Waterville Valley Town Center
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Waterville Valley’s Town Square provides a physical and emotional focus for this sprawling year-round ski and recreational resort in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Working with spectacular mountain scenery as a backdrop, the design of the new center speaks to the history, spirit and simple beauty of the built and natural environments in this rural New England setting.

The Town Square adopts the traditional New England village as its model. The village consists of a cluster of five freestanding, white clapboard buildings, which draw upon the simple design elements of the New England mill towns, Puritan settlements and Shaker villages. The building forms are assertions of human order in the landscape, finding beauty through proportion and scale, and strength through repetition and simplicity.

The individual buildings form two large courtyards, one which opens onto Corcoran’s Pond, the other onto a rambling brook. In the manner of European resort towns, the courtyards are the core of the new town square. These community spaces accommodate vendors and performers in warmer weather and sleigh rides in winter.
All Buildings are connected by a ground floor arcade and a second level open walkway. The lower two levels (one of which steps down the hill) house retail, restaurant, post office and night clubs. Above a layer of office space, the square’s upper three levels contain staff housing arranged in duplexes and triplexes.

COMPLETION

1989

SIZE

120,000 SF

AWARDS

Boston Society of Architects, Exports Award

PHOTOGRAPHY

Nick Wheeler
David Hewitt

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