Coop Himmelb(l)au, winning entry for the Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha, China (2013-)
The site combines an entertainment ice world with an indoor ski slope, a water park, and supporting restaurant and shopping areas. The snow and ice world stretches 170 meters between two cliffs over a historical cement mining quarry and lake, framing the open space from architecture to landscape, and adding cliffside pathways connecting the two. The water park includes a cantilevered outdoor swimming pool, creating a 60m high waterfall into the quarry pit, and pools and islands below. Large glass façades provide an all-round view into the beautiful surrounding scenery, and a central glass cone refracts light downwards through the ice world structure and hanging gardens to the pools underneath. The separate 100m high tower at the Southern end provides the most iconic landmark for the site and hosts a 5 star-hotel with impressive views of the Tongxi Lake and Dawang Mountain. The Fashion Hotel Tower façade is specially designed to provide state-of-the-art sun shading and natural ventilation, offering more flexible planning to the inside and a homogeneous appearance.