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Populous to design another Olympic main Stadium

Populous has been selected to design the 40,000-seat main stadium for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games in Sochi, Russia

They are the first practice to have ever been officially appointed for the design of two Olympic Stadiums at one time – they are also designing the main stadium for the London 2012 Olympic games. It is the 25th year of Populous’ involvement in Olympic and Paralympic games.

Populous has also designed masterplans and overlay plans for competition and non-competition venues and facilities in the 2014 games.

John Barrow, Populous senior principal said: ‘The main stadium design, in addition to the venue overlay plan we have prepared for the 2014 Games, delivers a wonderful vision for the Winter Olympics, and a lasting sustainable legacy for Sochi.

Its sweeping form responds to both its coastal location and mountainous backdrop, whilst its crystalline skin engages with its surroundings by day, and provides an iconic representation of the colour and spectacle of the games when illuminated at night.’


Readers' comments (2)


    First impressions of this form is its organic nature, but with no context in the sketch, it has the feel of Paua (Abalone) shell meets female genitalia. More realistic sketches I am sure will change this impression!

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  • Nice, but is it now compulsory that the Olympics have a standard appearance? Beijing birds nest / swimming pool anybody?

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