Erick van Egeraat's Two New Projects in Siberian Region of Khanti-Mansiysk, Russia Print
Monday, 03 January 2011 08:00

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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.

Chess-club building

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.
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He compared the Chess Club’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 “cool” zinc-clad façade and the “warm” predominantly wooden interior.
“This tiny building is a little Icon but could soon become the first step in the redevelopment of this unique city in the centre of Eurasia”, says Erick van Egeraat.

Vershina trade & entertainment centre
Egeraat-Khanti-Mansiysk-03The 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.
Egeraat-Khanti-Mansiysk-04Egeraat-Khanti-Mansiysk-05“When I presented the first sketch for the trade and entertainment centre the response was amazement. Now, when the project is completed, it’s my turn to be amazed. I am proud to have achieved this for the city of Surgut”, says Erick van Egeraat.
Egeraat-Khanti-Mansiysk-06Egeraat-Khanti-Mansiysk-07The building is equipped with an extensive lighting scheme. Motion advertisements are projected onto the glazed façade. The volume is cut to form ”sharp volumes” allowing daylight to enter deep into the centre. At night they radiate lines of light via secondary cuts in the façade. It transforms into a beacon of light in the predominantly dark winters of the Siberian province.

Plans of the Vershina trade and entertainment centre

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 January 2011 08:46