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JH Snow and Sport Park is located northwest of Beijing, where the flat metropolitan land suddenly turns into mountains. The project came about due to the 2015 selection of Beijing as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, and is related to the increasing interest in winter sports among Chinese citizens. Unlike the other winter parks created around the city recently, JH Snow and Sport will be the only one that can be reached by an approximately one-hour subway commute from downtown Beijing.




2017, International Competition

1st prize + Commission



Beijing, China



70 hectares


Design team

Daniele Baratelli, Simone Retto, Yu Jing 余净,Wang Jingxuan 王婧璇, Cui Yongmei 崔咏梅





More than skiing, the park will host a varied program, including retail, commercial, hospitality, and a wide selection of sports facilities. Indoor programs will be hosted in several buildings that already exist in the park and are slated for renovation. Outdoor activities have been planned to guarantee an all-year utilization of the area: Ski slopes will turn into sliding games, dry-ski tracks, and downhill bicycle courses in the summertime. Other functions include a camping area, a biological food farm, and an adventure park.







Considering the site’s close proximity to the metropolitan core, the design carefully avoids any reference to the natural alpine environment and instead chooses a more playful identity that is ideal for families and kids used to urban areas. This decision also matches the client’s requirements to target the young while offering a strong focus on the educational aspect.






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