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Huafa Snow World on the Shenzhen riverfront by 10 Design

10 Design set to top Shenzhen mall with indoor ski slope

Architecture studio 10 Design has unveiled its design for Huafa Snow World in Shenzhen, which will include an indoor ski resort that the studio claims will be "the largest of its kind in the world".

Slated to open in 2025, the development will include a hotel, shopping mall, office space, and an indoor ski slope with an undulating shape that rises over the other functions.

Huafa Snow World with undulating ski slope by 10 Design
Huafa Snow World will feature a ski slope rising over boxy structures

"Anchored by an 80,000 square-meter indoor ski resort, the largest of its kind in the world, Huafa Snow World boasts a rich mix of retail, entertainment, commercial, hospitality, civic and cultural components, creating a vibrant destination," said 10 Design.

According to the studio, the development will have an "urban green axis" stretching the site from north to south, providing public space with a connection to nature.

Huafa Snow World in Shenzhen by 10 Design
Ceramic and aluminium panels will added to the facade to create a glacier-like appearance

Located in the city's growing technology hub, Qianhai Bay, 10 Design wants the development to be a place where people and businesses can connect.

The site will be divided into three main clusters – an entertainment area on the western side, a culture and civic area that is integrated with the green axis, and a retail area designed to connect with the neighbouring buildings.

Huafa Snow World masterplan by 10 Design
A green axis will stretch across the development

"Situated in a key location, conveniently linked to the airport and an intercity transportation hub, the new development provides locals with a place to gather while easily attracting and connecting discerning business and leisure travellers from across the globe," 10 Design said.

"Our vision for the project is to deliver a fully immersive experience, servicing not only tourists but also the local residents."

Huafa Snow World development in Shenzhen
It will include offices, retail and entertainment spaces

"The planning and design for this cultural epicentre reimagines retail development as a multi-faceted community experience, inviting discovery and encouraging guests to explore," the studio continued.

Huafa Snow World will include the Huafa Snow Centre, which will overlook the nearby riverfront and combine ski facilities with retail spaces and a hotel.

10 Design designed the snow centre as a series of interconnected boxes, aiming to encourage a sense of exploration between the different functions.

Rising over the boxy forms will be an undulating structure containing an 83-metre-tall and 441-metre-long ski slope, which will be topped with solar panels to offset the energy required for the ski centre and commercial buildings, according to the studio.

Ski resort and retail development in Shenzhen
10 Design wants the venue to connect people and businesses

A hotel connected to the snow centre will contain a ballroom with panoramic views of the ski slope.

To create a snowy theme in the design, ceramic boards and aluminium panels will be added to the facades, intending to mimic glaciers and ice crystals.

Huafa Snow World in Shenzhen
Huafa Snow World will be located on the Shenzhen riverfront

10 Design claims the environmental impact of Huafa Snow World will be minimised with rainwater harvesting that will irrigate the landscape, and a wetland reserve designed to prevent urban waterlogging.

"Seamlessly blending innovative design, cutting-edge technology, and sensation-rich experiences, Huafa Snow World is slated to become the leading attraction in the region, supporting growth and celebrating nature," said the studio.

Ski resort and retail development in Shenzhen
10 Design hopes Huafa Snow World will attract local residents and tourists

Founded in 2010, 10 Design is an architecture and masterplanning studio with offices in Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Dubai, Miami, London, Shenzhen, Singapore, and San Francisco.

The studio recently revealed its second design for Saudi mega-development Neom, the Norlana yachting town in the Gulf of Aqaba, which followed a luxury resort with two jagged skyscrapers unveiled in November last year.

The images are by 10 Design.

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Sketch diagram of Huafa Snow World by 10 Design
Sketch diagram of Huafa Snow World by 10 Design
Huafa Snow World development in Shenzhen by 10 Design
Entertainment space at the Huafa Snow World in Shenzhen by 10 Design
Huafa Snow World development by 10 Design