Located at the Dawang Mountain Resort outside Changsha, the Deep Pit Ice and Snow World will be constructed from cliff to cliff across the old quarry, which itself will be transformed into an artificial landscape of islands, pools and pathways.
Coop Himmelb(l)au's competition-winning proposal includes a cantilevered outdoor swimming pool, set to form a 60-metre waterfall into the pit of the quarry, while an upside-down glass cone will bring light through the centre of the structure.
A separate sculptural 100m high tower on the south end of the site will host a 5 Star Hotel known as the Fashion Hotel Tower, which will be connected to the Ice World via a Grand Garden Plaza. The hotel will offer 270 high-class single and double bed suites, 60 Executive Suites with an Executive Club Lounge and a 6-room Presidential Suite, all with impressive views of Tongxi Lake, Dawang Mountain and into the Ice & Snow World. A spacious central lobby around the tower core opens up into the service plinth containing a bar and restaurant on level one, flexible and multifunctional conference areas on level two and fitness, spa and beauty facilities on level three.
The façade of the Fashion Hotel Tower reveals a specially designed, highly economical system providing state-of-the-art sun shading, natural ventilation and a unitised, quick construction. The element façade system offers a maximum of flexibility to the inside room layout and allows a homogeneous appearance over the exterior facade.
This exceptional new construction fully utilises the beautiful landscape scenery as well the existing value of the site’s historical and industrial heritage.