in the last decade indoor skiing has grew substantially around the world and it’s about time it enters italy and there is no better place for it than turin. indoor ski facilities are not a fantasy for mountainous regions, as relying on snow conditions represent a crucial economic prerequisite for the skiing industry. the lack of snow due to low precipitation or high temperatures is an immense challenge for winter sport destinations. the same snow-making technology used in alpine resorts is utilised in indoor ski facilities, without the negative implications that artificial snow often has on fauna and flora of natural slopes. enclosed spaces make this process more efficient and reliable, notwithstanding, the quality of achieved snow is greater.


lobby of the indoor ski facility

 

 

ultimately, veronica camuncoli and piotr pietras’ proposal doesn’t compete with real pistes, rather presents an alternative to swimming pools, skateparks and hockey rinks. turin’s tourism would boost having the first indoor ski slope in the region and in italy, allowing it’s citizens to practice their favorite mountain sports all year long on real snow in the heart of the city.


inside the 260m long ski slope

 

 

rapid deindustrialization in the 80s left the city with an enormous amount of ecologically degraded and disused land. large voids in the urban grid give opportunities to stop urban sprawl by building inwards and filling in the gaps. one of them, the ex-fiat engines factory, poses favorable conditions for experimentation with unusual building type of substantial size that otherwise wouldn’t find space in the city.


location and current situation of the site

 

 

the master plan proposal for officina grandi motori is designed around a green corridor which stretches through the site and reconnects with an abandoned railroad which once served various factories located along it. the green corridor is a way to organise the site, making it more porous and denser in other parts. notwithstanding, its constitutional objective is to allow larger buildings to breath and for empty spaces to help maintain industrial scale.


design masterplan for OGM site in turin

 

 

the student design team’s proposed mixed use development includes restoration and adaptation of existing factory buildings to host, desired by the municipality, flower markets and museums. furthermore, commercial spaces, hostels, and restaurants are intertwined with green public spaces. the final shape of the indoor ski slope building is a result of section studies of various iterations. the dialogue between curvatures and functionality of piste. the heart of this proposal is a unique piste, angled at 15% with length of 260 m, hidden inside a 340 m long building. the canopy of the piste is visibly curved to minimise the vacant spaces inside. the highest point above the piste holds a chairlift for skiers and snowboarders.


comparison of different buildings found in turin

 

 

from the outside curvatures reduce the surface area of envelope and likewise modulate the perception of the building, making it look much thiner. the skin of the building is designed in stainless steel panels cut in tessellated pattern which draws inspiration from skiers plunging through fresh powder. the dynamic expression is achieved by lifted parts of panels to the outside. the wings create gradients of shadows on top of the skin surface, which change through out the day. each of the hundreds of pieces is part of a large playful collage, which helps to break down the volume of the building.


function distribution

 

 

the inside of the piste is designed as an interactive skin. strips of membrane hide the structure and give piste sense of purity and rhythm when going down the hill. thanks to multiple motors and changeable led lighting, the skin can dynamically respond to movement of users or be set as a static sculpture.


plans and section of indoor ski slope building

 

 

investment in new technology is a way to attract customers, differentiate from competition and a way to project indoor skiing into the future as something clearly distinct from outdoor skiing. the presented student proposal has been designed based on analysis of the post-industrial imprints in relation to the structure of the city and an in-depth research of turin’s transformation and its wish to rebrand itself.


section of selected portion of the building


physical model of the concept


facade inspiration and sketch model of entire envelope of building

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: apostolos costarangos | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    architecture news