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  7. VTB Ice Palace / SPEECH Architectural Office

VTB Ice Palace / SPEECH Architectural Office

  • 02:00 - 9 August, 2015
VTB Ice Palace / SPEECH Architectural Office
VTB Ice Palace / SPEECH Architectural Office, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Park Legend © Ilya Ivanov © Park Legend + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avtozavodskaya ulitsa, 23, Moskva, Russia, 115280
  • Architects in Charge

    Sergei Tchoban, Nikolai Gordyushin, Sergey Popov, Alexey Evsikov, Alexey Bolotin
  • Area

    70300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Design of facades, preprint (nps tchoban voss)

    Valeria Kashirina, Lev Chestakov
  • Design of Interiors

    Park Legend
  • Implementation

    LLC Elizstroy
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

Text description provided by the architects. The Ice Palace project is being implemented within the framework of the comprehensive reorganization of the largest industrial zone in Moscow – the territory of the former Likhachev factory (ZIL) – and is part of the Park of Legends sports and entertainment district.

© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

The sports complex has three ice arenas under one roof: a large arena designed for 12,100 seats, a small arena with 3,500 seats, and a training arena with 500 seats. At the same time the two main arenas include the possibility of transformation – in a short amount of time, they can be prepared to conduct not only hockey matches, but also other sports competitions, as well as concert shows.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Such versatility, originally embedded in the project had a direct impact on the architectural design of the complex. The Ice Palace is designed in such a way that the activities in all its arenas could take place simultaneously without interfering with each other. It consists of two rectangular volumes, visually combined into one as a result of the main facade’s design, which was rendered as a kind of icy mantle polished to a gloss like the surface of a rink.

© Park Legend
© Park Legend

Its transparency is only broken up by subtle abstract lines – strokes left on the ice by the sharpened skates of swift players. This decor extends throughout the entire surface of the facade (the design is applied to the glass by a multiplanar printing method), moreover, the theme of ice is also maintained by means of the color of the glass, with the gradient varying within the range of blue-gray.


Elegant lines have also become a leitmotif of the design of numerous parallel stair railings, connecting the arena’s entrance hall with the ground level. On the white metal surface these strokes are applied by perforations, giving the stairs extra dynamism that is so inherent with sports competitions on ice.

The Ice Palace will host the Ice Hockey World Championship in its arenas in 2016.

© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

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Cite: "VTB Ice Palace / SPEECH Architectural Office" 09 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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