Winter sports complex in Nizhny Novgorod will be used as training ground for `winter Olympics

Architect Wilkinson Eyre has unveiled plans for a winter sports complex in Nizhny Novgorod,Russia, to be used as a training site for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The plans, unveiled at Mipim, the annual property trade fair in Cannes, include five Olympic ski jumps, a skating rink and Nordic cross-country ski course, all linked by a shopping centre.

The complex will sit on the banks of the Volga river, between the city's Kremlin and the 17th-century Perchersky Monastery, and will be dominated by the 125m-high ski jump structure.

Matthew Priestman of Wilkinson Eyre Architects said he was aware that he was working with a sensitive site. “Nizhny Novgorod's ski-jump heritage is celebrated by placing the ski jump as an iconic form at the heart of the scheme, with the additional elements of the complex designed as low lying forms along the banks of the river.”

Wilkinson Eyre's Nizhny Novgorod winter sports complex
Credit: Wilkinson Eyre
Wilkinson Eyre's Nizhny Novgorod winter sports complex