Creating a Winter to remember
A groundbreaking landscape design project is gaining momentum at the 2014 Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia. Plans are in place to plant more than 42,000 trees, shrubs, vines and 57,000 square metres of lawn, in the Glavstrov Olympic Village.
The space will also be filled with plants unique to the Sochi region, as well as Italian trees, perennial flowers and vines. The site has taken environmental protection measures such as rational water management, energy-saving technologies, re-cultivation of impaired lands and measures to re-develop and landscape territories. The project will create a reserve for communities of rare and endangered flora and fauna on the territory of Lake Lebyazhe.
The total area of the Olympic facilities will be more than 330,000 square metres, including 1,500 apartments – it should be complete by summer 2013. After the Games, the village will be converted into a year-round weekend resort, Sochnoe, where landscape design will be at the forefront again with planned roof gardens and an arboretum.
The project is financed by the Basic Element business group, with additional funding from Vnesheconombank.