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Tenants could ski out their front door at new flats in Kazakhstan

Posted on December 19, 2015 by KazCham


Residents at a proposed apartment building in Astana would be able to ski or snowboard down a 1,000ft slope linking the roof to the ground.

A new housing complex planned in Astana, Kazakhstan‘s capital, is set to include a 1,000ft ski slope, running from the roof to the ground.

The proposed project was devised by a group of architects, led by Shokhan Mataibekov, who were inspired by Kazakhstan’s exceedingly long, cold winter.

The city of Astana experiences temperatures averaging around -20°C, with a long winter lasting from November right through to April – but there are currently no slopes nearby for skiers and snowboarders to make the most of the conditions.

Enter House Slalom, a multi-purpose, 21-storey building comprised of shops on the ground floor, 421 flats on the upper floors, and an outdoor ski slope running alongside the building.

Plans have been submitted, and the project is currently awaiting approval from city officials.

If successful, the building would be the first of its kind in the world according to Mr. Mataibekov, formerly Astana’s chief architect.

He added: “It would be an instant hit for ski and snowboard lovers”.

The run has been designed to offer year-round snow sports – constructed from Snowflex, a synthetic material designed to simulate the slip and grip effects of real snow, the slope would be equally accessible in the summer months.

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