Water Stadium

  • contemporary architecture

In 2013 in Kazan there will be held the 27th Summer Universiade the World Student Sports Games. It requires 40 sports facilities, many of which will be built specifically for the Universiade. One of the most important is the Palace of water sports designed by SPEECH architectural studio, they won the contest as well as Arup and PSO "Kazan." This facility combines the clean energy of classical modernism forms with delicate textures and technical capabilities of modern architecture.


The contest on the project of water sports complex was held last year in Kazan in September. Three teams participated in it Glavmosstroy and architectural company NOC (USA) consortium, MNIIP Mosproject-4 and Engeocom construction holding and consortium of PSO Kazan, SPEECH architectural studio and Arup, British engineering compaby. Architects and investors were challenged to design a complex with spectacular appearance and technological inside, which would be used by active professional athletes and the city residents after the Universiade. At that, the palace must be maximally cost effective. According to the jury, architects Sergey Tchoban and Sergei Kuznetsov had the best solution? They interpreted the complex of water games as a giant box with wooden V-shaped structures of roof hanging over. The architects were searching for ergonomic structure composed of similar models in order to achieve expressiveness and reasonable cost. The solution was a hinged arch, gathered of V-shaped long-span wooden beams. Triangular wedges bite into the ground as a part of some giant mechanism. Must admit, their rhythmic alternation, as well as intensively curved archs of their exterior outline are not strange to water sports. According to Sergei Kuznetsov, SPEECH won the contest first due to clarity of the architectural and planning concepts and active use of foreign experience in water sports centers construction. The studio managed to consider all the requirements of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) to create notable form and stay within the budget.
Text by: Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kouznetsov, Anna Martovitskaya

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