Creators Architects | Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg, Skiing Institute, Kashmere, India
Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering is an excellent example of space utilisation and re-planning. Modern structure houses comfortable residential facilities inside and academic areas on ground floor. Ski shop, common rooms, reception, etc sit on ground floor and services go on lower levels, while accommodations are placed on higher levels. There is an interring profile being obtained by roof works which connects with the context and allows the building to look majestic in both summer and winter.
Gulmarg skiing, Skiing institute, Design Mountain Architecture, Snow architecture
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Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg

About This Project

Kashmir valley slopes are rapidly attracting sports lovers for skiing. Ministry of Tourism planned and commissioned the construction of Indian Institute Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM) in 1980s. But due to growing unrest in the valley, project was with held and was exposed to twenty years of climatic weathering which was further worsened by security demolition by armed forces.


The project was recommissioned in 2003. Redevelopment offered a significant opportunity to establish a trend of building and sports facility in that area. One of the biggest challenges was to understand and study existing structure and analyse for redundant parts. These years also saw a cultural change and the building was completely redesigned accommodating the existing frame to maximise for cost effectiveness.The project was recognised at international property awards as high commendation.


Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering is an excellent example of space utilisation and re-planning. Attic areas in slopping roofs serve as service floor and natural terrain help to incorporate plant area below concourse level. Two wings with distributed layout of boarding areas incorporate four, three and two-bedders and common facilities are placed near central zone like ski shop with its own ramp.


Comfort for users, picturesque views of the valley and perfect marriage between building architecture and landscape was the only way to revive charm of natural ski slopes and sports spirit of mountaineering.



Training Institute and boarding


Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir


Ministry of Tourism


INR 10 cr


Completed in 2009

Architectural, Institutional and educational, Master Plan, Selected
context, extreme climate, Heritage, Renewals, sports, tourism