In case you didn't know - I certainly didn't - urban skiing is apparently a thing, and it just got a little weirder. From the innovative architecture desk this week comes news of a proposed residential apartment building in Kazakhstan - with a 1,000-foot-tall ski slope attached.
Designed by Shokhan Mataibekov Architects, the project known as Slalom House would cost about $70 million to build, and actually has some serious momentum. The city of Astana, where Slalom House would be erected, is known for its fashion-forward architecture.
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What's more, Astana is four hours away from the nearest traditional ski facility and it's filled with winter sports enthusiasts. According to a write-up on the project over at CNN, a sizeable contingent of Kazakh athletes competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, including alpine skiers, freestyle skiers and snowboarders.
The Slalom House would function as both a mixed-use residential/retail building and a year-round winter sports facility, according to designers. Access to the rooftop slope would be provided by "panoramic elevators" rising up from street level.