FIFA World Cup 2018. Photo by Коля Саныч, CC.

FIFA World Cup 2018. Photo by Коля Саныч, CC.

Russia 2018FIFA World Cup 2018 set the spotlights on Russia where football fans from all over the world gathered to support their team across 11 Russian cities. We selected 5 brilliant architectures from the iconic and redeveloped Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to Kisho Kurokawa’s spaceship-looking masterpiece in St. Petersburg and a Fabergé egg-inspired architecture by Populous in Sochi.

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Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

FIFA World Cup 2018. Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow - Photo IIP Photo Archive, CC,

Photo by IIP Photo Archive, CC,

In 1980, the Russian national stadium which was originally built in 1956 was one of the landmark architectures of the Olympic Games. For the World Cup 2018 the building has undergone a 4 years renovation by studio Speech which removed the athletics track increasing the capacity from 78.000 to 81.000. The Luzhniki Stadium hosted the final match between France and Croatia, eventually won by France.

St Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg

FIFA World Cup 2018. St Petersburg Kisho Kurokawa

St. Petersburg stadium by Kisho Kurokawa.

The home of Russian football club FC Zenit St Petersburg was designed in 1978 by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa to look like a spaceship. The 78-metre-tall modern stadium features a retractable roof, to allow games to take place in all weather, and a 67,000-seat capacity.

Fisht Stadium, Sochi

FIFA World Cup 2018. Fisht Olympic Stadium - Photo by Эдгар Брещанов.

Photo by Эдгар Брещанов.

In Sochi, architecture firm Populous designed a Fabergé egg-inspired stadium on the occasion of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. For the FIFA World Cup 2018, the studio which is behind the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, reconfigured the stadium for 48.000 supporters and removed the original roof.

Samara Arena, Samara

Samara arena world cup

The Samara region is strongly linked to Russia’s aerospace programme. From here, GUS SO TerrNIIgrazhdanproekt designed a 45,000-seat space-ship looking stadium featuring a 65.5-metre-high domed roof in the 1.2 million people metropolis.

Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg Arena

The Central Stadium is the home of FC Ural, one of the oldest Russian football clubs. After the World Cup, temporary seating will be removed downsizing the 35.000 capacity achieved during the games. Ekaterinburg, a city of 620.000 souls in the Urals, is an tourist attraction for supporters of  Constructivism too.