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- contemporary architecture
Among other cities, the list of possible candidates to host FIFA World Cup in 2018 includes Nizhniy Novgorod. For the famous Nizhniy Novgorod’s “Strelka” (“Arrow”, place where the Oka flows into the Volga), “Studio 44” has designed a stadium in the shape of man-made green hill topped off with a white cup.
Object:50 Thousand People Football Stadium in Nizhniy Novgorod
Address:Russia. Nizhny Novgorod
Design Team:Leader of the project: Nikita Yavein Architects: Yuri Ashmetyev, Darya Bazhenova, Maria Vinogradova, Ilia Grigoryev, Julia Dubeiko, Vladimir Zenkevich, Ivan Kozhin, Vladimir Lemekhov, Eugene Novosadyuk, Andrew Patrikeev, George Snezhkin, Ksenia Schastlivtseva, Ekaterina Tretyakova, Maxim Tsybin, Anton Yar-Skryabin Maquette: Jacob Itsikson Building engineer: Victor Maksimychev Cost estimator: Eleonora Shiryaeva
The construction site is located
on the left bank of the Oka right where it flows into the
The green slopes of this hill are traversed by thirty stairways leading to the stands of each spectator sector, and, shifted relatively to one another in a staggered fashion, they form strikingly looking diagonal cutaways. Apart from the stairways, the stadium’s vertical communications system includes elevators and moving stairs in the main entrance area, where the hill grandly “opens up”. It is these top 9-thousand-seat stands that will provide the arena with the total capacity that is necessary for the organization of football games of the world’s and Europe’s championships.
The pylons raise the upper stands three meters above the hill, which makes the cup look like it hovers above the ground. The subliminal likeness to a UFO is strengthened manifold by the stairways running along each of the pylons: in the bottom of the “cup” the architects cut rectangular “portals”, out of which, numerous ladders fall down to the ground.
The slopes of the hill will help the sport complex to maintain a comfortable microclimate, accumulating warmth in the wintertime and providing the premises from overheating in the summertime. Apart from that, the facades executed in the shape of a terrace park will become the generators of fresh air and will provide an unprecedented percentage of site landscaping, while the slopes of the green hill and the passage over the viewing platforms will make it possible to organize exciting architectural guided tours here. In other words, the stadium built as a terrace park and having no shortage of viewing platforms and entertainment spots will become not only the city’s epicenter of major sport events and a high-profile sight but also a great attraction for people from all walks of life.