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URAM Extreme Park / KOSMOS Architects + Legato Sports Architecture

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URAM Extreme Park / KOSMOS Architects + Legato Sports Architecture

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Text description provided by the architects. The largest extreme park in Europe opens its doors in Kazan. The new indoor sports center is located in the open part of the extreme all-season park which has already been completed in summer 2020 by Legato Architects. Legato, the creators of the Uram open extreme park, invited the KOSMOS architects to work together on the construction of the sports center. Uram (meaning “street” in Tatar) is the center of street youth culture, which combines sporting and educational, social and cultural functions under one roof.

© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

The center, covering an area of ​​nearly 8,000 square meters, accommodates on two floors extreme sports areas (airpark, street plaza, concrete bowl and skate house) and cultural spaces open to all: a contemporary music center, a DJ school, skate shop, dance hall, gallery, conference room, café and recreation area. The new building will become not only an extreme park but also a multifunctional public space where visitors can come at any time of the year. Extreme Park URAM is a unique collection of sites and a variety of extreme sports facilities in one building.

Plan - Master plan
Plan – Master plan

Architecture. The facade of the Uram Street Cultural Center consists of 2 parts, occurring at different scales. The upper volume is a minimalist rectangular block, covered with brushed stainless steel, which works on an urban scale. Visible from across the Kazanka River, the abstract volume reflects the sun or gray sky and changes depending on weather conditions. It functions as an urban landmark. The geometry of the facade material – corrugated iron – refers to typical industrial buildings and fences in the surrounding area, while the material’s finish – stainless steel polished to a mirror shine – lends the appeal of a public building.

Plan
Plan

The upper minimalist volume rests on several blazing concrete hills that develop the formal expression of an extreme open-air park. This part of the facade plays at the pedestrian level and allows the creation of a space on a human scale around the facade of one hundred meters of the sports center. The hills blur the lines between the architecture and the infrastructure of the park, transforming the facade of the entire building into a radical functional landscape. The facade will become climbing, sliding, jumping and rolling. The hills will organize a conference room, a playground and continue the sports functions. Despite the fact that the hills of the facade have yet to appear, the inner part of Uram is already finished.

© Legato Sports Architecture
© Legato Sports Architecture

Interior. Here, architecture merges with sports facilities, combining various spaces and functions with the powerful atmosphere and dynamism of modern street culture. In this project, Kosmos is pursuing long-term research into the principles of utilitarian architecture, published in the book ConTemporary ArchiTecture. Legato builds on their experience working with the best riders and park builders in the world, as well as creating a unique team of park builders – not just builders, but professionals in creating an extreme culture. The concept of the interior of the building is based on exposure to simple, inexpensive and practical street and industrial materials: concrete, sheet metal, reinforced glass, plywood, plasterboard, masonry materials.

© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

The natural color of all these materials varies in shades of gray. To give identity to the space and create comfortable navigation in the sports center, an additional light signal color – Volt (bright green-yellow) has been introduced into the design of the interior space. This color is most visible to the human eye and therefore is so actively used in street and road navigation to ensure safety. Bright color designates the most important areas of the building and guides visitors on the way to go. The reception, the information panel, the entrances to the escape route are always brightly highlighted and immediately noticeable inside. In addition, the contrasting color allows you to form an alternate geometry of space.

© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

Each area of ​​the sports center has its own unique look, created by a basic technique or material. In the airpark, the main material is plywood, which creates the total space of the “ocean of plywood”. In the amphitheater, space is formed using a “point cloud” – hanging lamps that form an alternate geometry of space. The main material of Bowl is concrete, and the interior of the main interior street is defined by a spatial grid of lamps and wall profiles. The radical and functional design follows the logic of infrastructure equipment, road and road navigation: its simplicity, its radicality and its functionality.

© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

Sports objects. Concrete Skate Bowl The concrete bowl (deep bowl for skateboarding) is designed for competition and is designed according to key rules of skateboarding. You are equipped to be used on any sports equipment. Legato Sports Architecture chief designer Vasily Borisenko worked there with John Magnusson, one of Sweden’s most famous skateboarders. The design of the bowl refers to the classics of skateboarding: the sides are original copings – like in the abandoned Californian swimming pools where skateboarding was born. The bowl can be climbed using a ladder, the railings of which are painted in bright volt color.

© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

Above there is a concrete amphitheater where athletes can relax, and next to it on the flat parts of the bowl there are unusual figures to perfect the new figures. Sea of ​​Plywood for BMX Freestyle There are many indoor wooden airparks in Europe, but URAM takes BMX freestyle training areas to a new level in terms of scale and diversity. It is more convenient to observe the wooden aerial park from the gallery on the second floor – this is the space around the perimeter of the entire area, raised 4.5 meters above the ground. The windows offer a beautiful view of Kazanka, while the visibility of the aeropark is not lost: spectators, runners and judges will be able to comfortably watch everything that is happening below. The amphitheater overlooks a large children’s area, separated by a wall from the main airpark for added security. The section is long enough to accelerate, while the necessary figures are put together to keep the ski as safe as possible.

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