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Located on the main Olympic plaza, the transparent skin exposes the building’s structural elements and allows sight- lines through to the mountains and sea


Realising dreams After the euphoria of being an- nounced as the host city, the hard work began again in full force. The concepts and plans outlined in the Bid Book had to be developed into both masterplans and venue plans that would allow ideas to be transformed into reality.


As a first step, the Sochi 2014 orga- nising committee asked Populous to help prepare design briefs for each venue, prior to awarding the develop- ment to the competing contractors. We were able to draw upon the expe- rience we have gained from working on many previous Olympic Games to help with this, as well as with design and operational reviews.


A big part of any Olympic Games is the design of the temporary support structures needed for any large event. Referred to as Olympic overlay, these facilities require as much area as the venues themselves, and often include non-permanent stadia as well. While


Issue 4 2011 © cybertrek 2011 The brief was to design the


stadium to host the opening ceremony, then expand to 45,000 seats for World


Cup matches, then reduce to 25,000 legacy format


these facilities are temporary, their design is hugely important to the functionality and experience for both athletes, media, the Olympic and Paralympic family and spectators. Populous has been engaged in developing overlay plans from the


beginning. This process has included all the initial work for overlay and event venues, the Sochi venue re- quirements, preliminary block plans for all competition and major non- competition venues, design reviews for all venues, and delivering the overlay strategy for the detailed im- plementation of the work. Underpinning all this has been a vi- sion of creating temporary structures that reflect the excitement and spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The State Corporation responsible for constructing the permanent infra- structure for the Sochi 2014 Games, Olympstroy, engaged Populous to develop the Olympic Park master- plan. Working closely with the St Petersburg Institute of Urban Stud- ies, Populous developed a refined park masterplan, establishing the location of all venues within the park. These will include five arenas, two practice ice facili- ties, spectator concourses and facilities, an athlete village, media centres, Games


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