Skiing on the roof might sound like an accident waiting to happen but if this ambitious Kazakhstan building project gets the go-ahead it might just revolutionise the idea of rooftop skiing forever. And when we say "forever", we mean until the sun implodes and life in our solar system is extinguished. After that cataclysmic event happens, who knows what rooftop skiing will look like?
This new housing complex design, proposed by the architecture group Shokan Mataibekov in Astana - Kazakthstan, will feature 421 apartments contained within 21 storeys. More excitingly than that, it would feature a 1,000-foot ski slope that curves down from the roof all the way to the ground floor.
House Slalom, as it's currently known, would be the first building of its kind anywhere in the known universe. The ski slope would be made of Snowflex, and would operate equally as well in the summer as it would in the winter.
Skiers would get to the top of the slope via a chairlift system. It's thought at this time that the complex would be made open to the public, not just apartment residents (making it a potential treat for everyone in Astana, not just the crib-owners). The project is currently awaiting approval from city officials. If this idea gets the bureaucratic thumbs-up, how much would you like to see one constructed in your city/town/village/hamlet?