For residents in Astana, Kazakhstan, going skiing will soon be as convenient as pushing buttons in an elevator. A local architect has proposed an apartment building with an artificial ski slope on its roof to fulfill Astana’s winter sport dreams.
The Slalom House project, proposed by Shokhan Mataibekov of the Shokhan Mataibekov Architects, is a 21-story apartment block with a 326-meter (1,000-foot) artificial slope descending from its roof. If passing the regulatory procedures, the project will cost roughly $70 million, according to CNN.
One reason behind the proposal is the limited access to slopes for skiers in the local area. In spite of winter temperatures regularly dipping to 5 degrees °F, there are few places for skiing or snowboarding due to a lack of slopes in Astana. As an avid skier himself, Mataibekov came up with the design to address the problem.
The project seems far-fetched, but in an interview with CNN, Mataibekov reported that he is already in conversations with interested developers who would like to take this project further.
Head over to CNN for more details.