Cuningham Group is the designer of the home of the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. Completed in 2009, Alpensia will be the hub of many of the Olympic winter events, including ski jumping, biathlon and cross-country skiing. The firm is both the master planner and the concept architect for Alpensia, which is an already thriving resort community.
“It is an extraordinary honor for the community we designed to be chosen by the IOC as the home of the 2018 Olympics Games,” said Cuningham Group Principal James S. Scheidel AIA, LEED AP®, who supervised Alpensia’s design. “Alpensia was conceived as an international resort and recreation destination, and it has thrived as such since its 2009 completion. Now, the eyes of the world will truly be on Alpensia and its many exceptional venues.”
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.