Paris-based architect Zone Of Utopia has created a tourist attraction in northern China out of a series of stacked “ice cubes”.
The “Cultural Tourism City Demonstration Centre” hopes to lure skiers to Xinxiang, a city in China’s northern Henan province, with a ski slope, restaurants, cafes and a series of open terraces giving views over an artificial lake.
The development’s nine cubes are made from frosted glass and rise to a height of 49m.
Zone of Utopia describes its creation as a “new symbol for the city”, and says it will “remind people of the joy of ice and snow, sunlight and winter sports”.
Fellow Parisian firm Mathieu Forest Architecte also worked on the project.