sochi 2014 winter olympic and paralympic games ceremonies
Case Study / Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games Ceremonies
Sochi 2014 Olympic Games used an L-Acoustics Sound System

During the London 2012 games, I met with senior members of the Sochi team over coffee. Fisht Stadium was little more than a hole in the ground and in 18 months would host the Opening of the most expensive Olympic Games ever. Populous' design for Fisht Stadium is unique. The roof shape is inspired by the snow-covered mountains and the internally lit roofing materials are inspired by the famous jewel-incrusted Faberge Egg.

The stadium bowl and roof structures are independently self-supporting. The East and West roofs provide weather protection to the majority of the seating and are mirror images of each another with a gap between to expose the field of play to the environment. Each roof structure is supported by a massive North / South steel truss spanning the length of the building to support the on-field edge of the permanent roof as well as a temporary roof which filled the gap for security during the Ceremonies.

From an architectural point of view, Fisht Stadium is complex and beautiful. From an acoustical point of view, it is just complex. And to make sound design even more difficult, the stadium was never really finished. Site visits during design development gave us very little to see other than the concrete bowl.

Designing sound to architectural drawings is a familiar situation for Auditoria. However the complex shape of the stadium and the acoustically significant North and South hangars, coupled with late finishing building construction required a slightly different approach.

Full case study available here (PDF): SOCHI OLYMPIC GAMES CASE STUDY 

Scott Willsallen from Auditoria Pty Ltd, Sochi 2014 Ceremonies Audio Systems Designer