Sochi, a Russian resort city along the Black Sea, has transformed to host the country’s first Winter Olympic Games. Eleven new arenas were built for the Games, part of the estimated $50 billion Russia is reported to have spent to stage the event. Contract takes a look at some of the most spectacular facilities:
Bolshoy Ice Dome
Architect: SIC Mostovik
With a capacity of 12,000 seats, the Bolshoy Ice Dome is home to the ice hockey events of the Olympic Winter Games, and resembles a frozen drop of water. A pearly-white facade reflects the area’s surroundings during the day, and LEDs covering the roof emit vibrant, color-changing light at night.
Fisht Olympic Stadium
Used for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Fisht Olympic Stadium is reminiscent of a traditional Russian Fabergé egg and features a polycarbonate roof that resembles the nearby snowy mountain peaks. Built-in flexibility allows the capacity to change from 40,000 during the Olympics to 25,000 for smaller events in the future. The stadium will also be home to the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
Architect: Stahlbau Pichler
Home to Olympic ice hockey and Paralympic ice sledge hockey games, Shayba Arena is named after the Russian word for hockey puck and features a swirling white and blue motif. Capable of hosting 7,000 spectators, the venue was designed so it is possible to dismantle and move to another Russian city after the Games.
Ice Cube Curling Center
Architect: SIC Mostovik
The smallest arena in Olympic Park, which seats 3,000 people, is actually the largest arena ever built for solely for curling. Inspired by the shape of a curling stone, the building is clad in a reflective facade to mimic the ice it contains.
Iceberg Skating Palace
Home to the figure skating and short track speed skating events, the wave-like facade of the 12,000-seat venue features multiple shades of blue. Named “Iceberg” because the word sounds the same in Russian, English, and German, the flexible design allows for the rink to be adjusted for figure skating or short track in just 2 hours. After the Games, the venue will be transformed into a velodrome.
Architect: StoryInternational and Cannon Design
Designed to look like an ice fault, the angular walls and triangular glass windows contribute to the building’s goal of transparency and connection with the surrounding landscape. The 8,000-seat venue holds two competition tracks and one training track.