The building sits in a prominent location on the Sochi Olympic plaza, with each of the multiple stairway transitions acknowledging the direction of spectator approaches and creating a landscaped flow to the podium within which the main trussed roof form springs from sleek buttresses.
The stadium is driven by a desire to utilise the form and transparency of the skin of the building, to expose structural elements and preserve viewing corridors to the mountains and sea. The dynamic relationship between the curvature of the roof edge and the podium, frames views both into the stadium for the general public and outwards for those spectators ascending within the skeleton of the building.
The differing modal requirements are accommodated within a simple bowl arrangement providing event configurations between 25,000 and 45,000 seats to address Olympic opening, closing, and medal ceremonies, and full FIFA stadium compliance to meet its World Cup host venue ambitions. Outside of major event mode, the bowl reverts to a compact and atmospheric environment, with a continuous lower bowl flanked by two upper wing terraces housed within the main arches of the stadium.