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2014 Winter Olympic Stadium By Populous Will Have Crystalline Skin

by , 09/30/09

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Populous, a new venture recently spun-off from leading sustainable architecture firm HOK has unveiled its design for the stadium that will be the epicenter of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Although the plans are still hazy, the project will feature several sustainable factors including a shimmering crystalline skin.


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The translucent skin is meant to represent the “color and spectacle of the games when illuminated at night” and will envelope 40,000 people when the stadium is full. As with the entire plan of the Olympic games in Sochi, sustainability is key, although no details have yet been presented to outline the green features of the new stadium. Much like many of the eco-stadiums in recent years, advanced material technology, lightweight structures, as well as daylighting and natural ventilation will most likely play an important role.

“The main stadium design, in addition to the venue overlay plan we have prepared for the 2014 Games, delivers a wonderful vision for the winter Olympics, and a lasting sustainable legacy for Sochi. Its sweeping form responds to both its coastal location and mountainous backdrop, whilst its crystalline skin engages with its surroundings by day, and provides an iconic representation of the colour and spectacle of the games when illuminated at night. We are proud to be involved on such a level with Olympstroy,” said John Barrow, Populous senior principal. Populous is a fast moving and expanding firm with an impressive resume already in it’s first year of operation. Since December 2008, they have already won the bid to design the 2012 Olympic Stadium for London.

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Via World Architecture News

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6 Comments

  1. vinay October 17, 2009 at 9:25 am

    the amount of energy required to produce this ( in steel and cocrete or whatever) actualy denies the very purpose for which it is intended

  2. rupertKensington October 11, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    the problem with this project is the amount of thoughtfulness in skinning the building. It is not acceptable to simply create a building, then press the voronoi button. this pattern is so redundant now, simply because of its seductiveness. it is always argued that the rationale behind using it is that it is ‘biomimetic’ and ‘structural’, neither of which are really true unless their application is specifically contextual to something. this is clearly an afterthought meant to ‘ooh and aah’ those yet to be seduced by the ever tiring voronoi algorithm.

  3. cmaosrstaonndra October 7, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Yes, it definitely takes inspiration from both the Bird’s nest and the Watercube but to claim that it is not impressive because it is not entirely new is to ignore how architecture functions. Most everything has historical precedents – those modern grid buildings – take a look at the 19th c German architect Schinkel and you’ll see how the modern grid skin comes from neoclassicism. It looks like its going to be using ETFE pillows – which as we’ve seen is a great material for stadiums and other huge buildings (not just in China) and since it’s a stadium its shape is going to be something like an oval, but the pattern is new and its combination of shape, pattern and colouring seems very suited to Russia. It’s a lovely building.

  4. dariley October 2, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Bleh, this is barely different than before. Turista is right. This is nothing new. The concept they’re taking for Tokyo is great, but unless they actually use the pieces from Beijing, there’s nothing too impressive about this structure.

  5. Yuka Yoneda Yuka Yoneda October 1, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Haha. True that.

  6. turista October 1, 2009 at 5:41 am

    bird’s nest meets water cube

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