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Brief Published: 20 Dec 2011

BIG Architects Go Skiing on the Roof, Finland


Danish architecture and design practice Big has scooped first prize in the competition to design a 47,000 sq m ski resort and recreational centre in Levi, Finland. And its ambitious design will bring the resort and its surroundings into unprecedentedly close contact.

Simulating the natural topography of the surrounding area, the resort has been designed as an extension of the natural landscape – allowing visitors to actually ski on the rooftops of its four main undulating buildings. And just in case that wasn’t enough of a wow-factor, all four buildings also arc around a central square at the heart of the resort – featuring ice-skating, music venues and cafes.

A central elevator core will take guests up to the rooftops, where they can either ski down into the square, or onto the main slopes on the surrounding mountainsides. The resort will also feature a handful of luxury villas, and a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views. During the summer months, the rooftops will turn green, offering an ideal location for hiking and picnics.

Construction is due to begin in 2013 – watch this space for more details of completion.