It’s difficult to imagine anything more perfect for 21st-century coastal Texas than this: A 2.7-million-sq.-ft. self-contained year-round indoor ski resort on a 21-acre site . . . on the “outskirts” of Houston.
Some details on this proposed development are available on the website of S333, an architecture firm based in the Netherlands. The firm’s London office has worked hard to pack hotels, indoor water parks, “extensive recreation areas,” a parking garage, retail space, timeshare apartments, and five separate ski slopes into what appears in the company’s drawings to be an 18-story terrace-roofed megastructure.
Inside the building, the different ski slopes and play areas are arranged side by side to form a continuous landscape of snow surfaces. New advances in scenography, acoustics and building technologies will be employed to create the ultimate feeling of â€˜still being outsideâ€™ on a mountain.
The external shape and form of the building continues the landscape theme that is established in the buildingâ€™s interior. The rising geometry of the ski slopes is extended as a series of stepped terraces. These terraces accommodate on one side private apartments and gardens, and on the other more public amenities such as restaurant, pavillions, gardens, terraces and a central water park of pools and weirs. The water cascades down the roof and links with the water feature at the centre of the leisure complex. This iconic landscape will attract attention to the site, brand the location and help establish a dramatic back-drop to the lake and water-side retail facilities.
More details and drawings below:
Snow Mountain appears to be a project of Amsterdam-based Unlimited Snow. The company’s website shows images of Snow Mountain and a few other “mixed use” projects in development, but otherwise doesn’t reveal much about its plans for Houston. An apparently hyperbolic article in SkiRebel Magazine from last year, though, makes some rather interesting claims for the snow park — including this gem:
Surplus snow making capacity can be used for creating an outside glacier on top of the Snow Mountain.
- Snow Mountain [S333 Architecture + Urbanism Ltd.]
- Snow Mountain project slated for Houston, Texas, this has to be fake…. [HAIF]
- Mixed Use Buildings [Unlimited Snow]
- Snow Mountain project slated for Houston, Texas [SkiRebel Magazine]
Images: S333 Architecture + Urbanism Ltd.