On December 7, 2010, two projects by Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat were officially opened in the Khanti-Mansiysk autonomous region. The Chess-club building in Khanty-Mansiysk and the Vershina trade & entertainment center in Surgut.
"This tiny building is a little icon but could soon become the first step in the redevelopment of this unique city in the center of Eurasia", says Erick van Egeraat.
The 37,000-m², state-of-the-art trade and entertainment center in Surgut offers space for retail, extreme sports, dance, restaurants, bars and an underground night club. The eight-story venue provides round-the-clock activities for visitors of all ages. The dialectic play of light and dark, night and day form the basis for the concept.
"When I presented the first sketch for the trade and entertainment center the response was amazement. Now, when the project is completed, it's my turn to be amazed. I am proud to have achieved this for the city of Surgut", says Erick van Egeraat.
The building is equipped with an extensive lighting scheme. Motion advertisements are projected onto the glazed facade. The volume is cut to form 'sharp volumes' allowing daylight to enter deep into the center. At night they radiate lines of light via secondary cuts in the facade. It transforms into a beacon of light in the predominantly dark winters of the Siberian province.
Source: (designed by) Erick van Egeraat