Synthetic turf in Olympic Sochi
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has a new head office in Sochi. What’s most striking is the fact that the roof is fitted with solar cells and a synthetic grass field with grass yarns from TenCate. Installation of the synthetic grass field was commissioned by Landscape Solutions, which markets synthetic grass under the brand name Royal Grass®.
Next year the 22nd Winter Olympics will be staged from 7 to 23 February at the Russian town of Sochi. Numerous offices and sports facilities are springing up, as well as accommodation for sports men and women, supervisors, the press and various organizations. The higher floors of a number of these office buildings overlook the flat green roof of the IOC head office.
Initially it was decked in natural grass. ‘However, the landscape architect came to the conclusion that preserving the beautiful green of natural grass would be very expensive and practically impossible,’ says Emiel Arts (Landscape Solutions). An eye-catcher of this kind must look perfect. The Russian distributor of Royal Grass® came up with an alternative: synthetic grass. The choice fell on Royal Grass® Silk 35: soft V-shaped synthetic grass, 35 mm high and with a natural colour of summer green. The V-shape, which is characteristic of ‘real’ blades of grass, ensures sturdiness, which means these grass fibres remain upright longer than other types. Recovery capacity is also retained longer. The installation was carried out quickly and competently. ‘So our partners can also make a difference!’
The synthetic grass field measures 2800 m2 – a large surface area for a landscape application. ‘Unlike those in the sports sector, the projects in this market are much smaller, varying from 40 m2 for a garden to a unique project of this kind. It serves as a good reference for Royal Grass® in the project market.’ Landscape Solutions has an exclusive delivery agreement with TenCate for this V-shaped synthetic grass fibre. The backing and curly yarns for the roof field in Sochi also come from TenCate Grass. So powered by TenCate! Emiel Arts: ‘This gives extra reliability and authenticity. It is a safe sustainable field that is almost completely recyclable.’