Nizhny Novgorod Ski & Sports Complex

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

These design proposals for a new ski jump and sports complex in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod are a response to a complex brief and a sensitive site. The state funded development will include five Olympic Ski Jumps with spectator grandstands, an indoor ski bowl, an indoor skating rink, an aqua park and a Nordic competition cross country ski course, along with a 5-Star hotel and luxury apartments - all linked by an internal retail mall.

Located on a steeply wooded site on the banks of the Volga, the design respects the natural topography of the river bank as well as several important historical structures including a 17th Century monastery. Essentially low lying in form, the ski jump structure is the high point of the development, defining its identity with a dynamic and expressive form.