The Otkritie Arena is the new home to FC Spartak Moscow and a key venue for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Dexter Moren Associates’ facade design provides a state of the art stadium which reflects the tradition and history of Moscow’s football club. The façade of the 47,000+ capacity stadium features around 600 giant glass shingles inspired by the Spartak diamond insignia to create an armour-like effect. The ‘armour’ follows the curves of the building in each direction creating an overall appearance evocative of the coloured and textured domes of traditional Moscow architecture.
The exterior has also been designed to adapt to Moscow’s volatile weather conditions. The cladding wraps the stadium façade in a consistent lattice with translucent panels. Digital media screens and façade lighting also feature to capitalise on opportunities of advancements in digital communication channels, display technologies & social media.
On arrival to the stadia, entrance pavilions act to frame views of the building and help spectators navigate between key transition zones. A focus has been placed on the coherence between the stadium and pavilions through a consistent use of materials and colour whilst ensuring that the main stadium retains visual dominance.