Aedas-designed Trojena Ski Village: a futuristic ski destination in NEOM

History is in the making as Saudi Arabia gears up to host the 10th Asian Winter Games in 2029 in Trojena, the Gulf Region’s first ever outdoor ski resort. Trojena is being built in the heart of NEOM, the kingdom’s most ambitious giga project.

Scheduled for completion in 2026, the resort will include year-round skiing (3 months on snow and year-round synthetic “dry” skiing), retail stores, restaurants, luxury mansions, apartments and luxury hotels including serviced apartments operated by prestigious operators. By 2030, the tourist attraction is expected to host 700,000 annual visitors and be home to as many as 7,000 residents.

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The world’s first vertical ski village
Responding to the client’s simple yet complex brief to ‘create something never seen before’, Aedas came up with a disruptive new paradigm for ski village typology. The resort’s multi-level activation is a radical breakthrough in ski village design.

At Trojena Ski Village, visitors will be able to smoothly transit between experiences through a range of vertical mobility devices, both passive and active. Using variety of mobility systems visitors will be able to move with ease to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle filled with moments of surprise and play.

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Exceptional views and play of natural light
The ski village is divided into five major zones connected through the roof and ground floor. The open ground floor is a celebration space for the public to enjoy a continuous activated landscape year-round. Morgans Original, located on the topmost level, offers exclusive views of the Gulf of Aqaba.

25hours hotel also enjoys similar prime views and vistas into internal courtyards. The residential apartments offer prominent views of the lake and ski slopes while the sloping roof not only provides the opportunity for sports but also houses rooftop cafés and pocket gardens to enjoy a new urban experience seamlessly embedded into the landscape of the slopes.

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Public areas enjoy ample natural daylight thanks to the skin design, optimized with a glazing system that protects the space from undue heat gains whilst offering glare control and visual quality. The building is punctured with openings to allow for light to filter into the spaces. The openings also provide ample outdoor garden spaces and create attractive internal views.

Born of The Land
Trojena Ski Village is a fine example of architecture as landscape. Conceived as a harmonious extension of the landscape, the resort is sculpted to respond to the natural topography rather than as an imposition on it. The roof structure of the village, designed to align with the natural undulations of the mountain, provides 2 kilometres of the planned 36 kilometres of ski.

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Sustainable Construction
The fluid and organic nature of the building is achieved through incredible levels of optimisation and modular construction. The project area’s altitude, shade offered by the surrounding mountain peaks and flow of wind are factors that facilitate a milder, cooler climate in the NEOM mountain range compared to the rest of KSA.

This naturally creates an attractive environment for visitors and offers the potential to minimise energy consumption. Notwithstanding this inherent advantage, the design proposition seamlessly integrates nature, landscaping and water features in the built structure to create an even more favourable microclimate that reduces the requirement for artificial cooling strategies.

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During three months of the winter month, the low temperatures in the 2,400 meter high altitude Ski Village allow for snow making, an integrated dual system using both Traditional (Fangun) and All-Weather Snowmaking systems, using 100% renewable energy, incorporating heat recovery systems for nearby development, maximising water recovery & re-use and using water.

Trojena Ski Village is expected to be a year-round tourist destination. In addition to sporting events, the venue will host art, music and cultural festivals. While winter offers the chance to ski down Trojena’s snowy slopes, during the rest of the year, visitors will be able to ski on the synthetic surface slopes, engage in mountain biking, enjoy the zip line, Alpine coaster, and a variety of mountain sports. Source by Aedas.

Master Plan

Location: NEOM, Saudi Arabia

Architect: Aedas

Design Director: Ignacio Gomez, Global Design Principal

Client: NEOM

Gross Floor Area: 270,000sqm

Completion Year: 2026

Images: Courtesy of Aedas

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