Erick van Egeraat delivers two projects in Khanti-Mansiysk autonomous region (RU)

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.


The new 5,000-m² Chess-club building in Khanty-Mansiysk.

The new 5,000-m² Chess-club building in Khanty-Mansiysk has already hosted the 2010 Chess Olympics in September. Now in December it will officially open for the inhabitants. Erick van Egeraat worked closely with the municipality of Khanty-Mansiysk and its main benefactor Gazprom in realizing this extraordinary building. He compared the Chess Club's sleek, but slightly distorted appearance with the physics of a chess player. Motionless on the outside, but with great internal struggle to beat the opponent. This contrast is emphasized by the 'cool' zinc-clad facade and the 'warm' predominantly wooden interior.

"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

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