Ice Cube Curling Centre, Olympic Park Sochi, Russia Sports Building Pictures
Ice Cube Sochi : Russian Curling Centre
Russian Sports Venue: Building Design Information + Photos
5 Feb 2014 + 23 Jul 2013
‘Ice Cube’ Curling Centre in the Olympic park of Sochi, Russia
Construction cost: $14 m
Ice Cube Curling Centre Sochi
The construction of winter sports facilities is always a significant challenge for building engineers as there are so many intricacies to consider, such as the need for multilevel ventilation. Much depends on how well services such as mechanical ventilation and air conditioning are performing, in terms of both the comfort and well-being of athletes and fans – and the condition of the ice and of the building itself. In the event of the failure of any systems, moisture in the form of condensed water vapor can settle within the building structures and the utilities, thereby potentially shortening the life of a facility and making conditions unpleasant – or even unsafe – for occupants, especially if it affects the ice rink. Such complex structures demand high quality materials with proven performance and reliability.
The Ice Cube Curling Centre is one of the key sports facilities within the Olympic park. Taking inspiration from the shape of a curling stone, the designers specified hi-tech materials in different tones varying from gray to silver to decorate the curving structure. The building has been clad with ‘sandwich’ panels applied as element-by-element assembly, the key elements of which include base structure, insulation, membrane and exterior cladding.
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The lower level of the stadium façade is constructed from insulated glass units with a mirror-like finish to echo the reflectivity of the ice within. To the interior, the ice curling field is made up of 4 tracks, surrounded by facilities for the athletes and their support teams, plus referees and press, with stadium seating above. The second tier of the arena features facilities for officials, families and VIPs.
The first trial competitions in the arena took place in February 2013. The ice rink hosted the Wheelchair Curling World Cup followed by the Junior Curling World Cup in March. Competitors, officials and spectators alike were full of praise for the quality of the rink and the arena as a whole.
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