Otkritie Arena (Spartak Stadium)

Structural Designer

AECOM

Client Name

Spartak Moscow

Location

Moscow, Russia

MULTIDISCIPLINARY ENGINEER
AECOM
CONCEPT ARCHITECT
Sports Concepts
INTERIOR DESIGN AND CLADDING SYSTEM
Dexter Moran

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The 45,000 seat Otkritie Arena is the first international class, dedicated football stadium in Russia. The success of the project was integral to the country winning its bid to host the 2018 World Cup. There were several structural challenges: located on the disused Tushinskiy Aerodrome site, the stadium sits within the flood plain of the Moscow River - so the entire structure sits on piles which raise it out of the ground. The roof is also designed to withstand Moscow’s extreme weather conditions, capable of supporting heavy loads of snow.

Judge's comment:

The simple resolution of the engineering problem faced by the designers defies the challenges involved. Bespoke parametric tools were developed to design an efficient structural system using primary 21 metre deep megatrusses and secondary cellular beams that withstand the extreme thermal and snow load effects of the Moscow climate.