Kalzip plays a key part in Olympic architecture

Tata Steel subsidiary Kalzip, the manufacturer of tailored metal building envelopes, was involved in the complex designs of two of the six arenas built at the Olympic Park at Sochi as well as of the swan-neck construction of the Olympic flame on the Medals Plaza, delivering aluminium-profile panels for the iconic sporting event. All the Kalzip sheets were manufactured on-site using state-of-the-art mobile roll-forming technology.
The Adler Arena Skating Center, which was project planned by Kuban Universal and opened in 2012, is an 8,000-seat speed-skating oval. Kalzip supplied 11,000m2 of aluminium profiled sheets for its construction.
The design of the Bolshoy Ice Dome was inspired by a frozen drop of water. Its outer skin is made from composite panels pierced by LED lights to give it the changing colours of a chameleon. Planned by MC Mortovik, the sophisticated building envelope of this domed structure was realised using 22,000m2 of Kalzip aluminium tapered and profiled sheets.

The third project, the swan-neck construction on the circular Medals Plaza, soars 46m into the air. Kalzip cladding gives this exceptionally complex construction its form, and consists of 4,800m2 of tapered profiled sheets and 800m2 of Kalzip XT ‘freeform’ profiled sheets, which were roll-formed on site.

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