Architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au’s winning design proposal for Changsha’s Entertainment Ice World poetically bridges architecture with landscape history. The proposed 120,000 square-meter structure spans an impressive 170 meters across an abandoned cement mining quarry pit and lake. Located in the Dawang Mountain Resort on the outskirts of Changsha, China, the winter sports resort combines an ice world and indoor skiing center with a large water park.
Coop Himmelb(l)au integrated the curving entertainment center with the landscape using both physical and visual connections. Spanning 170 meters from cliff to cliff over the quarry pit and lake, the arching structure metaphorically bridges architecture with landscape. Large glass facades along the building create sweeping views towards the quarry’s water pools and islands below, and visitors walking on the cliffside pathways and ramps also have a direct view into the building.
The Entertainment Ice World will include restaurant and shopping facilities in addition to a cantilevered outdoor swimming pool that spills over into a dramatic, 60-meter high waterfall into the quarry pit down below. The historic quarry will also be transformed into a more accessible, artificial landscape of islands, pools, and pathways.