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Xiling Ski Resort, China Architecture
New Sichuan Building – design by Sutherland Hussey Architects
28 Oct 2009
Xiling Cable-Car station
Design: Sutherland Hussey Architects
The Lower Cable-Car station
En-route to the ski slope the lower cable-car station sits at the foot of the mountain and at the edge of the river floodplain.
A significant new building is proposed here. It would mark a break point in the journey up and down the slopes, with a change in transport from car to cable-car or shuttle bus.
The Ski Slope
The Ski Slope is located 8km from Xiling and is reached either directly by cable car or via a road, which winds its way up the mountain.
It is a beautiful and dramatic site, nestled into the mountain side amidst the extraordinary flora and fauna of the region and enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
We would envisage a radical review of this site with the following aims:
To create a sense of arrival with a new public space enjoying panoramic views of the mountains where people can sit out and enjoy a meal and a drink in a sheltered environment.
To create world class destination – a five star hotel with spa and restaurant facilities, where the visitor can wake up to the rising sun.
To create chalets / retreats embedded in the natural landscape for the ultimate retreat from the city.
To rationalise the facilities so that ski-hire is a minimum distance from the cable-car and hotel facilities.
To re-consider car parking by redesigning it to minimise its impact on the landscape.
To return much of the developed land back to being part of the natural landscape by promoting a compact design where the built environment has a powerful and intimate relationship with nature.
To create an iconic image for the hillside – a concept for its identity which will enhance the natural beauty of the mountainside in the same way that a Tibetan monastery, a Scottish Castle or an Alpine village does.
Xiling Buildings & Masterplan images / information from Sutherland Hussey Architects
Ed. Declaration of interest – I worked as an architect on the Gateway and Ski Resort for Sutherland Hussey Architects
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