|Erick van Egeraat's Two New Projects in Siberian Region of Khanti-Mansiysk, Russia|
|Monday, 03 January 2011 08:00|
Last month, two projects of Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat officially opened in the Khanti-Mansiysk autonomous region. The Chess-club building in Khanty-Mansiysk and the Vershina trade & entertainment centre in Surgut.
The new 5.000 sq. meter Chess-club building in Khanty-Mansiysk already hosted the 2010 Chess Olympics in September. In December it officially opened for the inhabitants.
Erick van Egeraat worked closely with the municipality of Khanty-Mansiysk and its main benefactor Gazprom in realizing this extraordinary building.
He compared the Chess Clubâ€™s sleek, but slightly distorted appearance with the physics of a chess player. Motionless on the outside, but with great internal struggle to beat the opponent. This contrast is emphasized by the â€ścoolâ€ť zinc-clad faĂ§ade and the â€śwarmâ€ť predominantly wooden interior.
â€śThis tiny building is a little Icon but could soon become the first step in the redevelopment of this unique city in the centre of Eurasiaâ€ť, says Erick van Egeraat.
Vershina trade & entertainment centre
The 37.000 sq. meter, state-of-the-art trade and entertainment centre in Surgut offers space for retail, extreme sports, dance, restaurants, bars and an underground night club. The eight-story venue provides round-the-clock activities for visitors of all ages. The dialectic play of light and dark, night and day form the basis for the concept.
â€śWhen I presented the first sketch for the trade and entertainment centre the response was amazement. Now, when the project is completed, itâ€™s my turn to be amazed. I am proud to have achieved this for the city of Surgutâ€ť, says Erick van Egeraat.
The building is equipped with an extensive lighting scheme. Motion advertisements are projected onto the glazed faĂ§ade. The volume is cut to form â€ťsharp volumesâ€ť allowing daylight to enter deep into the centre. At night they radiate lines of light via secondary cuts in the faĂ§ade. It transforms into a beacon of light in the predominantly dark winters of the Siberian province.
Plans of the Vershina trade and entertainment centre
|Last Updated on Monday, 03 January 2011 08:46|