Luzhniki Stadium façade design

• OverviewProcess
Task:
to design exterior of a stadium.

Luzhniki Olympic Complex is one of the largest sports arenas in Russia and in the World. The complex’s primary building is the famous Luzhniki stadium that has been closed for renovation to prepare it for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. As part of the large-scale upgrade, the stadium acquired a new frieze designed at the studio.

The frieze that encircles the stadium shows athletes frozen in motion. The dynamics of the silhouettes draws inspiration from traditional depictions of Olympic games on Greek vases.


The drawings are made of holes of varying size that create the illusion of halftone gradation. The dynamics of the illustrations is supported by the rhythm of façade elements. The chosen techniques ensures proper ventilation and complies with all fire safety requirements.

The frieze graphics supplements the architectural image of the stadium and emphasizes its sporting legacy.

artistic director

  • Artemy Lebedev

art director

  • Еrken Kagarov

author of the idea

  • Sergei Tchoban

designers

  • Dmitry Lamonov
  • Daniil Melkikh
  • Aleksandr Chernov
  • Ilya Makarenkov

photographer

  • Evgenia Filatova

programmers

  • Ekaterina Savkina
  • Nadezhda Rossokhina

project managers

  • Yulya Nikolaeva
  • Olga Kallaur
  • The studio wishes to thank Sergei Tchoban, Alexei Shubkin and Speech Architectural Bureau for their help with the project