HSE to Build Sport Complex in Moscow
HSE will build a three-story fitness complex near the Kaluzhskaya metro stop in Moscow, adding to the university’s sports and recreation infrastructure. The complex will include a swimming pool along with a number of fitness rooms and sports halls. The Moscow Committee for Architecture and Urban Development has already given the project the green light. Let’s see what the city’s Chief Architect Sergey Kuznetsov had to say about HSE’s new addition.
The fitness complex is located deep within a development site between Obrucheva, Volgina, and Butlerova streets (Vorontsovo industrial zone 35, site 2), and its key feature will be its impressive façade with undulating lamellas framed by bright blue panels.
‘At the instruction of Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, the objective of infrastructure projects, aside from their main function, is to create a comfortable urban atmosphere for the region’s residents. The HSE fitness centre is truly unique thanks to its unusual plastic façade and the fact that no cross-section of the lamella repeats itself. As a result, a wave effect is created as you walk by,’ comments Moscow’s Chief Architect Sergey Kuznetsov.
The first floor of the building will be done in stained glass, and the surrounding territory will be well lit, making the space feel more comfortable and safe, particularly at nighttime, Kuznetsov adds. A parking lot is located near the building’s main entrance as well, and one can enter the building from both Butlerova St. and Obrucheva St.
In addition, the first floor will also feature a 50x21 meter swimming pool, a sporting goods store, a weightlifting hall, a buffet, and technical and administrative offices. On the second floor will be a multipurpose room for group activities, an artistic gymnastics hall, and another fitness room. Lastly, the third floor will have a universal gym for futsal and basketball, a climbing wall, and more.
The overall size of the facility will be roughly 11,400 square meters, and the parking lot will fit 53 cars. The studio Berezin and Benefactors is the project’s designer, Mr Kuznetsov notes.
The HSE Endowment Fund is financing the creation of design documentation for the sports facilities.
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