A plaza designed to host special events and recreation is currently being completed in the Olympic Park in Imeretinskaya Valley. The round site is being built in the central part of the Park, where all of the pedestrian walkways converge. The plaza is envisioned as a "sea" with "rivers" of thousands of people flowing through it. From this center, guests will have an incredible view of the chain of six Olympic arenas. The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee award ceremonies for the medalists of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be also held at the site.
"The site connects all of the Olympic Park's venues with different facades. They are connected as a single architectural ensemble, with colors and textures that create an expressive and memorable image of the 2014 Winter Olympics," - marked Oleg Kharchenko, chief architect at SC "Olympstroy".
The site will include a fountain, a performance venue, and spectator stands with capacity for 5,000 fans. The stage can easily be seen from any point on the site and resembles a plate with a flat base and slightly raised edges. The area is intersected by pedestrian walkways, which diverge and merge into other passageways. They are decorated with different elements, including lawns and columns. Landscape designers will create an outdoor summer camp here and evergreen trees and shrubs will also be planted in the area.
The area's main attraction is the flag-lined avenue, with flags from every country participating in the Olympics. 107 flagpoles have already been installed and they will raise the flags up to nine stories high.
Guests will be able to get to the site through propyleums – the front "gates". The architects have produced these in the form of a rocky mountain gorge. When bringing this idea to life, construction workers have already filled in the foundations and are installing the metalworks which will be adorned with various materials.
The "Olympic Park" train station, where guests of the Olympics will be arriving, has a view of the area and the entire Olympic complex. The path to the sports events center goes through five pedestrian bridges more than seven meters high and 70 meters long. They have already been constructed above the road circling the Olympic Park. The supports and metalworks for these passages are ready, the road has been constructed, and the laced rails and lighting system have been installed.