The Martial Arts Palace at the Luzhniki Sports Complex will have a modern design and will have glass walls and a specular reflector ceiling, Sergei Sobyanin wrote on Twitter.
“This is how the Martial Arts Palace at Luzhniki will look like,” said the Mayor. “One part of the premises will accommodate a Sambo centre and the other a boxing centre. We also plan to make running tracks on the roof. What makes this palace distinct from others is its specular reflector ceiling and glass walls to provide more air and light.”
A sporting facility occupying an area of over 40,000 sq m will be built on Luzhniki Street by late 2021, adjacent to the football patches in the northern part of the complex. It will have an international Sambo centre and a boxing centre. The design project was preliminary approved by the Committee for Architecture and Urban Development (Moskomarkhitektura).
“The walls and ceilings at Luzhniki’s new Martial Arts Palace will be almost transparent,” said Moscow’s Chief Architect Sergei Kuznetsov. “The glass pavilion with columns made of stainless steel will have a rectangular shape. One part of the premises will accommodate a Sambo centre and the other a boxing centre. There will be a summer garden for recreation and a running track to work out on the roof of the building.”
The three-story building of the multifunctional complex will have underground parking spaces for 220 cars in the basement; two all-year swimming pools with a spa, in addition to the entrance hall and gyms, on the first floor; gyms with sports equipment for wrestlers on the second floor; and premises to hold competitions complete with seats for spectators, locker rooms for athletes, and separate rooms for coaches and trainers. There will also be a restaurant and a café in the complex.
The roof of the building will accommodate administrative offices, in addition to a summer garden, which will have live plants and a running track on which to work out.
According to Moscow’s chief architect, a media screen will be installed on the palace’s central facade to provide information on upcoming boxing and Sambo competitions and helpful information for fans and guests about the complex, and will exhibit portraits of famous boxers and Sambo wrestlers.
Construction of the palace is due to begin this year.
Following the renovation of the area around the Luzhniki Sports Complex, it will be turned into an international sports cluster. This year, the construction of the Water Sports Palace will be completed; it will be Moscow’s largest swimming centre and one of the largest in Europe. Another project scheduled for completion by the end of this year is a rhythmic gymnastics centre where big-time Russian and the world gymnastics stars will be able to train and compete. One of Moscow’s largest tennis centres is due to open at Luzhniki by 2021. It will occupy an area of 51,000 sq m and accommodate 21 tennis courts and indoor premises for playing tennis, badminton and squash.
There are also plans to build downhill ski slopes at Vorobyovy Hills in order to hold slalom and snowboard competitions. In late 2018, a funicular cableway that stretches across the Moskva River started operations, connecting the sports complex and Kosygina Street.
After a massive overhaul, the Luzhniki Stadium, Russia’s largest, hosted the FIFA World Cup last year, in particular, the opening ceremony and the opening match, a semi-final match and the finale.