Siberian snowdome in the works

An indoor ski centre will be part of a giant new casino complex due to open in Eastern Siberia in Russia.

The new casino will also contain an exhibition centre and water park and ‘rival’ facilities in Dubai, according to reports. The complex will be in a gambling zone near Cherepasje Ozero (Cape Turtle), one of Vladivostok’s most desirable destinations.

The complex is being designed by Scottis-based international architecture firm RMJM, who designed the controversial Scottish Parliament building and have opened an office in the Russian pacific port of Vladivostok, which was a closed city during the Soviet Union era.

The multi-billion dollar casino will be located in one of four new official “gambling zones” in Russia announced by Russian president President Dmitry Medvedev last summer after fears that unregulated gambling in Russia was getting out of control and funding crime gangs

The Vladivostok location of the casino will also contain a marina, allowing cruise liners and private yachts to arrive by sea from around the world. The city is also the Eastrern hub of the Trans-Siberian railway.

RMJM’s Russia and CIS Chairman, Dr Vladimir Kvint said: “Vladivostok is rapidly becoming a destination of choice for many international visitors. With major long term investment committed to the region, a project of this nature is a logical progression and we are delighted to have secured the contract after a highly competitive tender.”

Governor of Primorskiy, Sergey Darkin added: “Following our appointment as host city for the 2012 APEC summit, Vladivostok and Primorskiy are fast becoming beacons for the new Russia. As a modern city and region, we were looking for a firm of architects that reflected this modernism and dynamism. RMJM was the logical choice.”

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