Once upgraded, the Luzhniki swimming pool will turn into a modern swimming centre that will be able to host major sporting events and provide leisure for the public. A swimming pool covering an area of 56,500 square metres, measuring 50 metres long with ten lanes will be built. In addition, there will be two training pools for children and adults measuring 25 by 6 metres, with three lanes each.
Apart from the sport infrastructure, the facility will include a water park and a spa zone. The water park will have a wave pool 25 by 13 metres, a salt-water bath and a swimming pool with a simulated river covering an area of 506 square metres, a 270 square metre bath, a heated pool, a small children’s pool, a Jacuzzi and spa baths, a large open-air swimming pool 50 by 21 metres and a 220 square metre open-air swimming pool for families. People with disabilities will also be able to swim here using special ramps and railings. Modern chlorination and ozonation technologies will help purify the water.
The entire water surface area will be increased by three times, from 2,000 to 6,000 square metres, and visitor capacity will soar from 1,000 to 10,000 daily.
The facility will include gyms and a fitness centre. A boxing club and a gymnastics centre for children will be restored, and a new children’s sport centre for various other individual sports.
Summer leisure in any weather
Today, the Luzhniki aquatics centre offers two open-air swimming pools, steam baths, a lounge area, playgrounds and a sport facility.
An open-air seasonal facility with beach and open-air training equipment was built in 2015 and has since become one of the most popular aquatics centres in the city. This is a good place to escape the heat, to admire Vorobyovy Gory from recliners and to relax with children and friends.
Swimming will be available even in cool weather. A heated corridor links the locker rooms with the swimming area, and the pools are always heated.
The sport zone has a large 50-metre, eight-lane swimming pool, 1.8 metres deep. Water temperature is maintained at 26 degrees Celsius, and the beach zone’s swimming pool boasts 28-degree water.
A steam bath and an open-air fitness studio with special surfacing and a 500-metre jogging circle are available. In winter, the facility hosts Scandinavian-style training sessions, with visitors playing in snowdrifts and chopping firewood.
Board-game lovers can play chess here, and others can try their hand at volleyball, badminton or table tennis. All sports equipment can be rented. A beach bar offers refreshments and snacks, and book lovers can relax on huge beanbag chairs. Computer-toting swimmers can access Wi-Fi.
Children’s activities include slides, swings, and toddlers have a water zone with fountains. Attendants will watch children, so the parents can relax for a while.
Visitors can leave their personal effects in electronic lockers.
The open-air facility can receive over 1,000 people daily. Last summer’s attendance was about 400 people daily. On weekdays, from 10 am through 2 pm, students, retired people and other special-privilege citizens can buy tickets at a discount, and priority passes are stipulated for regular visitors. All ticket prices are posted on the website.
The swimming pools will be open from May through September until the main building is upgraded. If the people like the facility, it will continue to operate on a regular basis.
Design and implementation
The swimming pool’s layout will remain almost the same because this pool is an important architectural element from the Luzhniki Olympic Complex. But the new building will be taller, and its area will increase by 100%. The basement will house technical equipment, and the swimming pool will be covered by a sliding transparent roof. At this point, about 30% of the structure has been built.
The renovation was designed under a modern interpretation of 1950s architectural and will preserve the old building’s bas-reliefs and wall colonnades. The old original bas-relief will be installed at the ticket office of the family aquatics centre, and the façades will feature several other similar, but new, bas-reliefs. The colonnade will be rebuilt completely.
The building’s façade will feature ornamented patterns in the form of large and small rings commemorating the Moscow 1980 Olympic Summer Games. Other Olympic rings will be installed at swimming pools, in decorative lamps and on furniture. Interior design options will also include murals and mosaics based on the masterpieces of famous Soviet artist and sculptor Alexander Deineka. Mosaic panels will accentuate the facility’s main public areas.
Pedestrian and jogging lanes, cycling lanes, car parks and driveways will be built with various types of pavers and public-area layout options. A square with a fountain, lawns, elliptical stone benches, summer-houses and kiosks, small sculptures, lamps and dustbins will appear in front of the main entrance. Decorative lights will illuminate the building at night, and ground-level lamps will be used for the same purpose on windowless façades and blank walls. Different illumination patterns will be used, depending on the weather and season.
A glimpse of history
The Luzhniki Olympic Complex was built in 1956 on an area of over 153 hectares and has not been upgraded until now. The facilities and park include over 80 buildings, such as the Small Sport Arena, the Sport Palace, a swimming pool, and sporting town, etc.
The Luzhniki swimming pool has hosted some of the most important aquatic sporting events. The facility comprised five pools, including an open-air pool with an area of 824 square metres, two training pools measuring 25 by 4 metres, a pool for children 25 by 3 metres and an open-air pool measuring 50 by 22 metres. The total water surface area was 2,309 square metres.
Famous swimmers such as world champion Nikolai Pankin, four-time Olympic champion Vladimir Salnikov, Semyon Belits-Geiman, Viktor Mazanov, Leonid Iliychov and others all trained and competed here. In 1980, the facility hosted the Olympic Summer Games, with the Soviet national water polo team winning the gold. In the late 1980s the pool stopped hosting sport events because the grandstands were unstable.
Parts of an ambitious programme: other Luzhniki construction projects
The Luzhniki Olympic Complex will host the 2018 FIFA opening ceremony, one of the semifinals and the final.
The stadium will feature a system of cascade stairways allowing fans to shuttle between areas, and the number of seats will increase from 78,000 to 81,000. The grandstands located as close to the football field as possible will be painted crimson with gold inserts. The public chose this scheme while voting on the Active Citizen website. A new cornice will shield spectators from the weather.
The stadium’s façade will be decorated with semi-transparent panels highlighting famous sporting events in Soviet and Russian history. The stadium’s technical modernisation remains a priority. It will feature goal control technology, a huge screen for replays and other highlights, and the football field will receive an up-to-date ventilation and drainage system. The stadium will also be equipped with modern security and fire prevention systems.
There are plans to build a cableway to the opposite bank of the Moskva River, including Vorobyovy Gory and Gorky Park, by late 2017.