5 star skiing, Kazakh style
In 1997 Astana became the capital of Kazakhstan. Since then, in the middle of a vast, flat plain known as the Steppes, an array of some of the world’s most amazing, stunning and just weird architecture has emerged. To some it is in fact known as the world’s weirdest city and the latest proposed building fits that moniker perfectly.
Slalom House is a new housing complex that is the support for a 1000ft ski slope running from the roof to the ground.
The proposed project was devised by a group of architects, led by Shokhan Mataibekov, who were inspired by Kazakhstan's exceedingly long, cold winter.
The city of Astana experiences temperatures averaging around -20°C, with a long winter lasting from November right through to April – but there are currently no slopes nearby for skiers and snowboarders to make the most of the conditions.
Enter House Slalom, a multi-purpose, 21-storey building comprised of shops on the ground floor, 421 flats on the upper floors, and an outdoor ski slope running alongside the building.
The ski run has been designed to offer year-round snow sports – constructed from Snowflex, a synthetic material designed to simulate the slip and grip effects of real snow, the slope would be equally accessible in the summer months.
Skiers would be transported to the top of the slope via lifts, accessible from a separate entrance to that of the main building. It has not been confirmed whether it will be open to the general public, but it seems likely considering the project's mission statement of offering people in the city an opportunity to ski or snowboard without leaving the local area.