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    SBC, 3 December 2019
    Moscow sea of entertainment

    The construction of the new Water Sports Palace is part of a large-scale reconstruction that all Luzhniki are going through. Work began in 2014 and covers about 70% of the complex. As part of the same task, a large sports arena was rebuilt, which hosted the opening match and the final of the World Cup in 2018. The Rhythmic Gymnastics Palace has recently opened, the construction of the boxing and sambo center continues, the Druzhba universal hall and the Crystal ice palace are being restored, and a tennis club is being built.

    The need for reconstruction of the former beautiful Olympic building has been a long time coming. The last competitions in the pool were held during the Soviet era. The spectator seats gradually fell into disrepair, although the 50-meter bath continued to work. On October 1, 2014, the Luzhniki swimming pool was closed for renovation. And five years later, a completely new sports and recreation complex appeared in its place, resembling a historical building only externally. The Metropolis company acted as the general designer, and Monotek-Stroy became the general contractor. The state-owned enterprise Big Sports Arena Luzhniki was chosen at the competition as the company that manages the course of design and construction. More than 30 architectural bureaus participated in the competition for the development of the architectural concept of the complex. The victory was achieved by the Moscow company UNK Project, which proposed to preserve the image of a historical building in the Stalinist Empire style. The design of the building is based on a modern interpretation of the architectural traditions of the middle of the last century. The facades were decorated with an ornament of rings reminiscent of the 1980 Olympics, as well as replicas of the bas-reliefs of the old pool. The colonnade has also been reconstructed. The New Palace is a five-story building with one underground level. The total area of ​​the facility is almost 52 thousand m2, two and a half times larger than the old one.

    The complex has three sports pools, an aqua park, a thermal health complex. A fitness center, a boxing club, a surf club, and a children's club will soon be open. On the ground floor there is a restaurant with an area of ​​800 m2 with a terrace. A self-service cafe will open in the "wet" zone. The well-known restaurateur Arkady Novikov is responsible for food in the complex. The new multifunctional swimming center at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex is not only a unique sports and entertainment facility, but also an example of the application of modern technologies. Innovation, additional functionality, user-friendliness and the comfort of visitors were the most important requirements for the project from the very beginning.

    Another unique feature of the swimming center is a retractable roof over the main part of the water park. In just 15 minutes, the sections of a cylindrical roof can diverge in opposite directions. The roof is translucent, light and frost-resistant. And in the warm season, visitors will be able to swim and relax in the fresh air.

    The water park has modern sound and lighting equipment, there is a stage for presenters. You can hold discotheques on the water and other public events. The picture on the multimedia screen is served by three projectors. Everything is ready for filming the TV show. There are shields to which cameras and lighting are connected. And on the street there is a place for parking and connecting a mobile television station. Thanks to this, you do not need to pull kilometers of wires from the car to the filming location.

    A large 50-meter pool with ten lanes meets all the requirements of the International Swimming Federation. On the balconies there are two 25-meter baths with three lanes each. One of them is equipped with a hydraulic bottom, which allows you to change the depth from a few tens of centimeters to 1.6 m and teach swimming to children and people with limited mobility. At sports pools there are two locker rooms with separate entrances, designed for 110 people each.

    On the balconies in the water park area there is a health complex consisting of nine types of baths and saunas, a children's thermal area with an artificial beach and a salt cave. There are contrast pools, showers, treatment rooms and a relaxation area with sun loungers.

    The main feature of the new complex is a spacious water park with nine entertainment pools and nine slides with a total length of 1.3 km. An artificial wave will be created in one of the pools, two pools are thermal and partially located under the open sky.

    The total area of the water park is 12.5 thousand m2. It is fenced off from the sports area by a transparent wall with a digital screen measuring 7 x 12 m for broadcasting competitions, showing films, displaying time, data on water and air temperature, and also for displaying advertising.

    The two slides are the same length. You can continue to hold competitions in downhill skiing. Another one is equipped with a booth, where the floor moves apart unexpectedly for the vacationer. In the third - the visitor, while descending the chute on inflatable sledge, using the buttons, destroys the targets that appear in front of him. The rest of the slides also have their surprises. A photo-finish system will be installed in the splashdown area, operating on signals from visitors' bracelets.

    Read the full article in the magazine "SBC" (№3/39, Novermber, 2019).