GEORGE’S SNOW HOMES
GEORGE CLARKE visits some amazing alpine spaces in his annual Winter special
Amazing Spaces winter wonderland
Thursday, C4 HD, 8pm
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!’
GEORGE EXPLORES A CONCRETE CABIN