Ice world to be built in quarry

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Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au is to design a winter sports resort and water park in an abandoned cement-mining quarry and lake near Changsha, China.

The Deep Pit Ice and Snow World will be constructed from cliff to cliff across the old workings, which will be transformed into an artificial landscape of islands, pools and pathways.

Coop Himmelb(l)au’s competition-winning proposals combine an ice world and indoor skiing centre with a large water park. Highlights will include a cantilevered outdoor swimming pool, set to form a 60-metre waterfall into the pit of the quarry, while an upside-down glass cone will bring light through the middle of the structure.

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