#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Most of the options and proposals concerned two undeveloped city areas: the public center on Metallurgists square and the territory between Komsomolskaya street and Dolgoye lake.
It was planned to build a House of Soviets, a Pioneers Palace, a new theater, a hotel for foreign specialists, an eight-lane swimming pool, a universal gym, an artificial ice rink, a youth center, and a water park on Metallurgists square in different years – all together and separately. In whatever composition the public center was proposed, it was planned to connect its buildings with each other by covered pedestrian galleries.
The southwestern region of Norilsk – the area between Komsomolskaya street and Dolgoye lake – is the second object of city planning. According to the project of the 1940s, they wanted to build a stadium for 15 000 seats there, a nearby arena, a shooting gallery, a boat station on lake Utinoye (now covered with sand) and many more sports facilities, up to the training base for special forces soldiers.
Later projects envisaged a cultural and sports complex with a swimming pool, dance and exhibition halls, a House of Culture, a cinema, and a cafe. There was also provided a multi-purpose gym with an indoor hockey rink and an indoor swimming pool on the lake. And again, pedestrian galleries had to connect them, and the compactness of the building was achieved by the increased number of storeys of the buildings. Of all the plans, only a sports complex was embodied – the Arctica Sports Palace.
Komsomolsky park was supposed to become a recreation area with an open pavilion, with a slot machine hall and even real attractions. By the way, about entertainment: in the late 1980s, they were quite seriously planning to set up a zoo in Norilsk, where northern animals would live in natural conditions.
The Dolgoye lake also constantly stirred the architects’ minds: from the 1940s, when it was proposed to build a wooden indoor pool on the shore of a natural reservoir using the warm waters of the thermal power plant, to the idea of a well-maintained embankment and a city beach with an indoor winter swimming pool.
In the History Spot’s previous publication, we talked about the fact that Kayerkan was born 25 kilometers from Norilsk as a coal deposit.
Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive