A ski slope that doubles as an apartment complex?
This is an example of what we love about the World Architectural Festival every year – the introduction to some of the most intriguing and envelope-pushing design ideas around the globe, whose stunning and thought provoking concepts have us wondering why no one has come up this idea before now.
Case in point, one of the finalists in the residential category, Shokhan Mataibekov of the Union of Architects of Kazakhstan and his proposal for the Slalom House. It’s a new winter sports facility that doubles as an apartment building in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana.
If the proposal passes then the nearly $70 million project would be the world’s first apartment building with a ski slope, sending residents down a 1,000-foot ski slope from the roof to the sidewalk. The 21-story building would include 421 two-bedroom apartments, with shops and restaurants on the lower floors.