Text by Mariana Jaramillo
The World Cup 2018, is currently the most popular theme, not only between sports fans, but for everyone. It has also brought to the world´s spotlight its venues, appearing all over social media thousands or maybe millions of times. The Luzhniki Stadium is one of these venues having a lot of attention right now.
These venues are also important because they reflect the architectural and cultural historical heritage of Russia. The Luzhniki Stadium is located in the heart of Moscow, over the planning axis of the 1930´s Masterplan linking some of the main sights within the city, such as the Kremlin, the Church of Christ the Saviour and Moscow State University.
The Stadium’s renovation was finished in September 2017 and was a project by SPEECH Architectural Office, with the idea of preserving the stadium´s external appearance as an icon of Russia´s sport heritage, and at the same time improving the interior to achieve a greater seating capacity, better viewing conditions and even a 23 -metre-high viewing platform that offers amazing views of the city, reaching up to the city centre. The project covers 221,000 sq. m. and has a capacity for more than 81,000 spectators.
Hopefully the sports fans will not only have fun with the matches, but also get a cultural and historical idea of the Russian culture through its sports settings.