Baltic Arena

Capacity45 015
Country Russia
CategoryDesign outdated
Design Wilmotte & Associates, NPO Mostovik
Design time 2012/13
Within the design Complete revitalisation of the October Island with large retail, conference centre as well as hotels and residential quarters.

Description: Baltic Arena

After Kaliningrad was submitted as part of Russia's successful bid to host 2018 World Cup, international concept competition was announced for the 45,000-seater, which is expected to become the centrepiece of October Island revitalisation project.

French architects of Willmotte et Associes proved best with their plan to build a stadium possible to downscale to 25,000 by removing upper tier of seating and lowering the entire roof.

Very simple and modern facades were modified to a more irregular and dynamic form, expected to resemble amber. Stands were also changed – the temporary upper tier became more simple and not a complete ring, with corners being given to small indoor arenas.

The sole idea of removing upper tier was retained, however a retractable roof over the pitch was added in 2013, not being part of the project initially.


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