GE­ORGE CLARKE vis­its some amaz­ing alpine spa­ces in his an­nual Win­ter spe­cial

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Amaz­ing Spa­ces win­ter won­der­land

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IN GE­ORGE CLARKE’S lat­est Win­ter spe­cial, the af­fa­ble ar­chi­tect is head­ing to the Ital­ian and

Swiss Alps to check out some re­mark­able high-alti­tude build­ings.

Among those fea­tured in the show is a moun­tain restau­rant that’s 9,000m above sea level in the Swiss Alps.

‘It’s the most beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion I’ve ever filmed in,’ says Clarke.

‘In Amaz­ing Spa­ces, we tend to do smaller projects, but this one was ex­cep­tional, with a 360-de­gree van­tage point. When they built it they had to send all the ma­te­ri­als up by cable car! It’s clad in hexagons of an­odized alu­minum, which look a bit like dragon scales.’

Also in Switzer­land, he came across an eco-friendly build that he was hugely taken with.

‘It’s one of my favourite projects,’ he re­veals. ‘It’s a tiny lit­tle con­crete cabin in the woods in a re­ally tough moun­tain lo­ca­tion. It’s a super-eco build­ing with the max­i­mum amount of air and in­su­la­tion lit­er­ally mixed into the con­crete.’

Clarke and his trav­el­ling com­pan­ion, master crafts­man

Will Hardie, couldn’t visit the Alps with­out hav­ing a tobog­gan race. And in terms of choos­ing what type of sledge to use, the pre­sen­ter thinks he made the right de­ci­sion.

‘I smashed it – Will was de­mol­ished!’ he laughs. ‘He was stuck in the 17th cen­tury with a tra­di­tional tim­ber tobog­gan, whereas I chose this ugly, su­per­high-tech sledge. Ba­si­cally, I went for James Bond, and he was more Heath Robin­son. Will came off af­ter about seven sec­onds – a proper crash!’


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