Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace wins MIPIM Awards for best cultural and sports venue

September 20

The Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace won the prestigious MIPIM Awards in the Best Cultural and Sports Infrastructure category, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced on his VK page.

Four more Moscow projects competed in this year’s finals. The housing and relocation programme and the Badayevsky Brewery upgrade were presented in the Best Futura Mega Project category. The Moskva River waterfront redevelopment project was nominated for Best Urban Project and the Kommunarka hospital for Best Healthcare Development.

“Congratulations on this international award to everybody who put a token of their talents and hearts into this project and worked really hard to design and build the Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace. We won a prestigious development contest, the MIPIM Awards, as the best cultural and sports infrastructure project. Other finalists included such ambitious projects as the Guardian Art Centre in China and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in England. But for the second year in a row, the European jury has been voting for Moscow sites. Zaryadye Park won the special category last year. This time, the world’s largest gymnastics centre became a winner. The main advantage of this beautiful and user-friendly facility is that is serves multiple purposes. It’s good for training sessions, international competitions and mass events. It is not for the first time that the Gymnastics Palace has been awarded a prize. It has also won the public facility category of the Best Russian Project award and the Grand Prix of the 2019 Alum Forum. Aluminium in Architecture as the best completed project using aluminium – namely, to build the unique roof of the building shaped as a floating ribbon. I would like to add that four other Moscow projects were also shortlisted by MIPIM 2020, including the Moskva River waterfront redevelopment (Best Urban Project) and the Kommunarka hospital (Best Healthcare Development). Recognition by world experts shows that we are building truly modern and advanced facilities that are ahead of their time,” the Mayor noted.

The Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace won other prestigious awards in the past such as the Best Completed Construction project. The sports facility also won BISPO Awards, the national independent prize in sports business and efficient sports project management.

The Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace opened at Luzhniki in June 2019. The building covers the area of 25,700 sq m and was based on a unique design using information modeling technology.

The centre’s signature feature is its roof shaped like a gymnastics ribbon blowing in the wind. Behind the stained-glass façade, there are original interiors inspired by Zhostovo and Khokhloma paintings as well as Kholui laquer miniatures.

The facilities available at the sports centre include training halls, dance studios and gyms, and a transformer arena big enough to take almost 4,000 seats. The dark coloured walls surrounding the arena are decorated with white, blue and red gymnastics ribbons made of LED lighting. Nine hundred spotlights on the ceiling create the effect of a starry sky.

The MIPIM Awards is a professional architecture and construction award established in 1991. It is presented annually at the MIPIM international investment fair. Last year, the Grand Prix of the competition (the jury’s special prize) was awarded to Zaryadye Park. 


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