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Iceberg Skating Palace

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Skating and ice is an integral part to our Canadian identity especially during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. As defending Olympic champions for Ice Dance and Men’s Speed Skating the ‘Iceberg Skating Palace’ will set the stage for many current and future rivalries which is situated in the ‘coastal cluster’ of venues within the Sochi’s Olympic Park.
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Designed by GUP MNIIP mosproject-4, the ‘Moscow Research and Design Institute for Culture, Leisure, Sports and Health Care Buildings’ contains 12,000 seats positioned across two tiers, the multi-purpose arena has already successfully hosted major events. Having already hosted many major events such as 2012–2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, held in December 2012.

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On the exterior the Games’ branding and colour scheme is referenced in the shades of blue, while the silhouettes of the surrounding mountains and the waves from the black sea are reflected in the structures undulating form. The advantage to having a flexible design as this ones means it takes only two hours to adjust the ice field between figure staking and short track configurations.

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