2023 UDAD 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner – Chengdu Sunac Water and Snow Park by GDF LTD

As one of the largest indoor ski resorts in the world, the Chengdu Sunac Water and Snow Park complex has created a world-class ice and snow park for Chengdu with real ice and snow, constant temperature throughout the seasons, “all ages, all year, all weather”, and will be opened in the future The professional ski school organizes world-class ski competitions, comprehensively promotes the development of ice and snow sports, and helps Chengdu build a world-famous city for competitions.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2023

Chengdu Sunac Water and Snow Park
Sports Architecture (Built)


Gao Shanxing

Design Team
Lei Xiaoming, Chang Qi, Usman Utama, Lin Lizhen, Deng Zhisen, Tang Xiaomin, Xing Weitao, Cao Fangyuan

China Shandong Qingdao


©Wu Qingshan

The project is located in Sunac Cultural Tourism City, Dujiangyan City, and has become a new landmark of local culture with super-large-scale buildings.It is currently one of the largest indoor ski resorts built in the world.The core starting point of the architectural design of this project is how to make the huge building volume grow elegantly, naturally, and at the foot of Qingcheng Mountain with a more pleasant sense of scale, and to eliminate the sense of space pressure brought by the huge volume.We use design methods such as non-linear smooth curve modeling, landscape, and architectural skin deduction of local cultural symbols to solve this problem.

Parametric surface modeling integrates roofs of different elevations and eliminates the transition between roofs and walls.Round and smooth the yin and yang corners of the building volume.The flowing curves more vividly reflect the functional attributes of large-space sports buildings.The sense of speed and elegance of ice and snow sports is metaphorized in architectural modeling.

At the same time, we are also exploring how to subtly integrate the unique regional national cultural symbols into the building, and make it fully organically combined with the natural environment.The overall design concept uses “The auspicious clouds of Kang Tibetan” as the imagery, absorbing the momentum of moving clouds and flowing water,  and combines the elements of Sichuan opera facial makeup deeply rooted in the humanistic soil of Bashu with a long history to create a contemporary regional symbol image.