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Irina Viner-Usmanova’s Gymnastics Palace in Luzhniki won a prestigious award in the field of development and architecture in the ‘Best sports and cultural object’ category. The Moscow Gymnastics Palace overtook the Gardia Arts Center in Beijing (CHN), the Congress Center in Metz (FRA) and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London (GBR).
The MIPIM Awards are considered the main business award in the global development community, a kind of a development ‘Oscar’. 228 contestants from 45 countries took part in the 2020 MIPIM Awards. The best projects from all over the world were presented in 11 nominations.
Irina Viner-Usmanova’s Gymnastics Palace was opened in the Luzhniki Olympic Complex in 2019. The hallmark of the building became the roof in the shape of a waving gymnastics ribbon. The façade of the Palace is a stained-glass surface up to 26m high. The main arena allows holding of both sports events and concerts due to its transformer stands. The project architects were TPO Pride; the developer was USM Development. In 2019, the arena was opened with the first ever Junior World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships and in 2023 it will host the European Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics.