World's largest ski dome for Randers?
“Most ski domes around the world are designed from the inside with no or very few windows” explains CEBRA, the Danish architecture studio behind the concept for the world’s largest ski dome, destined for the city of Randers, Denmark. They continue: “An essential part of the skiing experience consists in being able to enjoy the surrounding scenery. The proposal’s high-rise composition of three arches combined with a filigree façade structure allows for spectacular views over Randers.”
The team have thus composed a 100,000 sq m, 3,000-capacity ski dome which bridges the River Gudenaen and creates a medley of open leisure spaces. From above, the three arches form a snowflake-style arrangement, each of the slopes transforming into a different pistes inside. In an effort to make the interior slopes as realistic as possible, the team at CEBRA have modelled them on existing pistes in the popular skiing resort of Alpe d’Huez in France.
Each slope will have a different degree of difficulty and the gradients are copied over from the most popular pites in the French Alps. No artificial terrain on offer here either as real snow will be used throughout. Chairlifts and elevators will deposit users at their chosen destination and CEBRA has ensured a measure of flexibility, enabling the topography of each slope to be altered over time so that visitors can enjoy a variety of skiing experiences without ever leaving Randers.
Intelligent design is not confined to indoors as the architects have used the building’s exterior in a number of engaging ways to maximise usage. The uppermost arch - which reaches 110m into the sky above the river - will be used for the most difficult pistes, creating two black runs that can be used year-round. The next level down will sport a skate park or ‘urban playground’ and the lowest level, a green city park.