World’s Highest Skating Rink Opens Atop OKO Skyscraper in Moscow-City
15 December 2016
The world’s highest skating rink has opened on the roof of the OKO Skyscraper in Moscow-City.
Today, the world’s highest skating rink, BMW Katok 354, has formally opened on the roof the tallest residential skyscraper, OKO. The skating rink was created by founders of the 354 Exclusive height project with the support of BMW Group Russia. The rink was constructed on the roof of the skyscraper, 354 meters above the ground, and was completed in a record time of 1.5 months. The ice cover contours the tower and has a total area of 420 sq m.
The cooling system of the rink is based on a unique modular system designed by Russian engineers. It makes it possible to keep the ice surface cool at an atmospheric temperature of up to +5 C. A special service system has been designed to ensure rink maintenance in accordance with its high-rise location, which will be available around-the-clock.
The rink will be open Mondays to Thursdays from 12 till midnight, Fridays till 2 am, Saturdays from 10 am till 2 am, and Sundays from 10 am till midnight. Entrance tickets cost 3000—5000 rubles and are available through bmw-katok.ru. The rink can be accessed via a separate entrance to the 354 restaurant complex.
“Any skyscraper can have a skating rink on its roof. To make it a reality, the skyscraper must meet a number of requirements, such as the engineering parameters of the building and extra-strong structural elements of the roof. The design must also account for all weather conditions possible at a height of 354 m above the ground. The skating rink will make OKO the main point of attraction in Moscow-City this New Year’s holiday season – both for Moscow residents and visitors of the city,” said General Manager of OKO Multipurpose Complex Denis Aristov.
“We aspired to create a product of international calibre that could be a source of pride for the people of Moscow,” says project co-owner Alexey Vasilchuk. “It’s not just a multipurpose gastro complex, but a unique public space that is in very short supply in Moscow-City. We are planning on submitting the project for consideration for the Guinness Book of World Records”.