The construction site of the Sochi Olympics is gargantuan, yet it feels a little cold and clinical. It has me wondering what the villagers of Adler – the Sochi suburb that will host the Olympic venues – will do with all these stadiums and monuments once the games are over?
The Sochi-Park, now under construction adjacent to the Olympic site with German/Dutch manpower and coaster tracks, will leave something behind that’s worthwhile: Russia’s first modern theme park!
Smart, because it’s not themed around Wild West villages and enchanted castles, but around Russia’s history and heritage. The budget is reportedly some US$ 300 million. That’s a solid amount, and, if invested and consulted wisely, can make for a charming park with heart and soul. Let’s hope for the best.
Adler, Sochi's Olympic suburb, Russia
The Bolshoy Ice Dome on the Olympic site
Fisht Olympic Stadium under construction
Let's get a better view!
The Sochi Olympics site in February 2013
Stadiums under construction on the right...
... and the Sochi-Park site on the left
Sochi-Park site, closer look
Olympic parameter layout, including stadiums (left) and theme park (right)
Artwork on the walls. 'Stefan, take your camera down please!'
Looks like a German student, but that's a Russian guy!
And that one, too, raised in the meteor town Chelyabinsk!
Office smiles on the Sochi-Park site
Discussion in Russian
Closer look at the entrance area
Jack Rouse-powered Sochi-Park concept art featuring Russian architecture
The castle-themed hotel at the entrance under construction...
This is how it's supposed to look like
On the future castle's roof
Workers on site
Sochi-Park site seen from the hotel roof
All this, on the left and on the right...
...will turn into Sochi-Park, or 'Sochi Adventure Park'
Opening in one year? Not sure, though!
Road through Sochi-Park territory
Discussions between open doors
Sochi's Adler district will turn from a turtle into Godzilla within one year