We’re inspired by images of space frames and tensile structures as we design a roof and enclosure for our latest sports project. Thought we’d share some of the knowledge that we’ve acquired in our research. We’re looking for ideas and suppliers – please contact us if you have catalogues or links to share.
Kiev Olympic Stadium
The Kiev Olympic Stadium is one of the many beautiful venues of the 2012 UEFA Championship. The roof, according to Hightex‘s, the roof manufacturer, is a ring cable structure which is composed of two outer steel compression rings, an inner tension ring and upper and lower radial cables.
The membrane us a special laminated PTFE/ glass mesh membrane with high light transmission, and the roof will be divided in 80 individual panels totalling an area of approximately 48,500 sq/m. The final membrane form is achieved by a series of eight high points per panel. The high points are constructed using cables and flying masts.
Pier Luigi Nervi – Airport Hangers
Nervi constructed a number of airplane hangers out reinforced concrete in Italy in the late ’30s. The first hangars were entirely site-cast while the remaining were prefabricated and strengthened on site with additional ribs in the areas subject to the greatest loads.
The Olympiastadion was originally constructed to be the main venue of the 1972 Summer Olympics. Most recently it hosted the final for the 2012 UEFA Women’s Champion League.
As described on 3M’s website, “The framework conditions for the new roof of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin placed considerable demands on the architects, as the roof had to remain within the footprint of the existing grandstand structure, which is listed as a building of major historic interest. At the same time, supports and masts should restrict the view of the spectators as little as possible. More difficult still: the new roof had to be installed without the need to cease operation of the stadium. A light steel cantilever arm construction was selected for the roofing around the circumference of the stands, with an opening above the historic Marathon Gate. This also means that the line of sight to the green of the Maifeld and to the bell tower – so important to the conservationists – is preserved. 132 external supports and 20 slim boom supports in the upper stand area, with a diameter of 250 mm at their base, bear the majority of the weight of the steel structure of the apparently “floating” roof. ” READ MORE