Erick van Egeraat was invited by the government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous region to design the Chess Club in preparation for the 2010 Chess Olympiad. Expecting a lot of global media attention, the organizers understood the need to deliver a signature building that underlines the prosperous state the city is in, and to expand its role as an ambassador of the region and its hosting qualities. The Chess Club is situated close to the center of the city, on a plot located between Lopareva street and Kalinina street, opposite a popular park. The Chess Club building is designed around a central, double height, quiet playing hall with tribunes. This hall is very flexible in use in order to allow different events for the city to take place. Functions that require daylight, such as administration and individual playing halls, are spread around this hall. The final appearance of the Chess Club is a dynamic development of an orthogonal box. The facade is finished with zinc painted sheets. The sheets overlap each other like lozenges, thus being able to sustain the tolerances the extreme temperature differences require.
architect erick van egeraat has completed the ‘chess and billiard club’, located in khanty-mansiysk, russia. understanding the need to develop a signature building representative of the prosperous
city it lies within, the government invited the rotterdam-based architecture studio to design the structure in preparation of the 2010 chess olympiad.
Erick van Egeraat heeft de Russische ‘Best Building Award’ gekregen voor de Chess Club in Khanty-Mansiysk.
De Chess Club van Erick van Egeraat moest in eerste instantie een kenmerkend onderkomen worden voor de internationale Schaak Olympiade van 2010, maar groeide uit tot een statement over de ontwikkeling die Khanty-Mansiysk meemaakt.