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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Khanty Mansiysk Chess Club builder wins award!

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Hi everyone,

We're sure this one's not just for architecture. There is that love for chess that overwhelmed this builder's instincts! Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat has been awarded the prestigious Russian Best Building Award for his 'Chess-club building' in Khanty–Mansiysk. Directly after completion the 5,000-m² Chess-club building in Khanty-Mansiysk hosted the 2010 Chess Olympics.

 Erick van Egeraat worked closely with the municipality of Khanty-Mansiysk and its main benefactor Gazprom in realising 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' metallic facade and the 'warm' predominantly wooden interior.

Best Building Awards is an open public competition in construction and architecture. The prize is awarded annually to the best projects of architecture, made by professional architects and developers and builders. The architect at this moment is working on the new Sberbank University and the new Dinamo Moscow Stadium.
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