‘national stadium’ by gmp architekten, warsaw, poland
Hamburg-basedÂ gmp architekten have completed two stadiums for the 2012 UEFA european football championship. The ‘national stadium’ in warsaw, poland, and the ‘olympic stadium’ in kiev, ukraine, will jointly host the games for the series. The first structure is built on the abandoned site of the 1988 dziesieciolecia arena. it is situated in skaryazewsi park,Â east of the city center, on the bank of the visuala, and will form the heart of a new sports area. the construction of the facility is dividedÂ systematically into two zones: the stands which consist of prefabricated concrete elements and; a steel wire net roof with a textile membrane,Â suspended on freestanding steel supports with inclined tie rods.
The interior roof consists of a mobile membrane sail that folds together above the pitch. a video cube with four screens give optimal sightlinesÂ from all seating positions. the top tier is accessible through twelve arch-shaped, single flight staircases. the exterior facade consists of anodizedÂ expanded metal that provides another transparent envelope for the thermal shell of the inner areas. The stadium is draped in the national colors of poland to identify the structure as a landmark.
‘olympc stadium’ by gmp architekten, kiev, ukraine
The second structure is a reconstruction of the olympic stadium which will host the final game of the UEFA european football championship. Â The new design respects the historic fabric with its filigree prestressed concrete upper tier built in 1968, along with the plinth structure of the west end built in 1948. The frame of the new roof structure isÂ detached and placed clear of the existing bowl, with a membrane incorporating air supports and domes of light.
The lower part of the stand was redesigned and updated in accordance with safety requirements and seats up to 68 000 people. The west end of the stadium, beneath the main stand, is where the players, VIP guests and press representatives are located. After the conclusion of the european football championship in 2012, an athletic track will be inserted to enchance the function of the space. When the glazed structure of the stadium is illuminated in the evening, it becomes an urban landmark in the cityscape of the downtown core.