The trend for rooftop gardens has been around a while, but now architects are going one step further with ski and sledging slopes. This is the latest project of Hong Kong-based architect Andrew Bromberg, who has designed a building with a continuous loop that wraps around the central roof garden and is due to be covered in fake snow during winter for sledging.
The Phase 3C building for the China World Trade Center complex that’s at the heart of Chaoyang, the city’s CBD, is part of a huge 30-year project that will see 14 new buildings constructed, including this civic centre by Aedas architects. It’s already won two awards for its unique design, including ‘Best Future Project’ at France’s MIPIM Awards.
The building comprises a large exhibition centre at basement level that also entices visitors down to the shops and cafes, while above is the ‘Civic Green’ rooftop garden, which has a stepped formation on three levels and combines open terraces with seating areas. In the summer, the garden will be full of pine trees and cherry blossom, while in winter the artificial snow will cover the slope for sledging. Underneath the garden will also be an Olympic-sized skating rink, which will become a major attraction.
The building is also a major part of the new infrastructure for Beijing – it’s designed to link up existing and future subway lines while providing connections to the huge 48-kilometre Third Ring Road that loops around the city centre.
As this project is in its fifth and final stage, innovative architect Bjarke Ingels of the Danish firm BIG architects is also working on a similar design – he has proposed a ski slope for the top of a new power plant in Copenhagen, which is currently under construction.