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Dexter Moren completes £250m Moscow football stadium

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[First look + project data] Dexter Moren Associates (DMA) has completed a new 45,000-capacity home for Moscow’s Spartak Football Club

The London-based studio was appointed to redesign the 53,758m² arena’s façade, internal spaces and arrival pavilions two years ago.

The stadium – dubbed the Otkritie Arena – was originally design by AECOM and the global outfit focussed on space planning and engineering after DMA was drafted onto the job.

DMA’s design features 600 giant glass shingles which the practice describes as ‘an armour-like structure inspired by the club’s diamond insignia.’

According to a studio statement: ‘With each shingle comprising four panes of glass and measuring 8m x 5m in size the “armour” wraps the entire stadium following the curves of the building creating an overall appearance evocative of the coloured and textured domes of traditional Moscow architecture.’

Digital media screens and interactive lighting have also been included to ‘animated [the stadium’s] appearance during both day and night as well as acting to engage fans.’

The new stadium opened on 5 September with an inaugural match between Spartak and Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade.

DMA is also working on plans for a Hilton hotel development to the north of the venue.

Project data

Location: Tushino, Moscow
Opened: 5 September 2014
Operator: Otkritie Capital
Tenants: FC Spartak Moscow
Construction cost: £250 million
Capacity: 45,000 (excluding VIP suites)
Area: 53,758 m²
Height: 53 m
Structure: Concrete (primary), Steel (secondary)
Facade: 600 glass shingles. Each shingle measures 8m x 5m.1 shingle = 4 panes of glass
Architects: Dexter Moren Associates
Facade Engineering: Buro Happold
Stadium Planing: AECOM
Interior Designers: Dexter Moren Associates





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