greenpoint stadium   south africa world cup 2010 greenpoint stadium   south africa world cup 2010
may 26, 2010

greenpoint stadium south africa world cup 2010

greenpoint stadium, cape town, south africa

the greenpoint stadium in cape town was designed by german firm gmp architekten together with local point architects and louis karol architects. the new structure is one of the major stadiums intended to host the semi-finals of the world cup, 2010 FIFA world cup south africa, beginning next month.

site construction still in progress

the geography of cape town is uniquely dominated by the contrast of the horizontal line of table mountain massif, signal hill’s gently undulating landscape, with the atlantic ocean surrounding it all. green point stadium is a landmark building in the parkland of green point common at the foot of signal hill, and blends respectfully with the landscape as a whole.

the job was to design a stadium on the green point common, which historically was a rocky wasteland until 1923, when the government of the union of south africa turned it over to the city as common land in which recreational areas and sports facilities would be set-up. over the recent decades, the area of common land has been cut away, most of it no longer publicly accessible, having been leased to private sports clubs and other organizations.

today, it acts as an 80 hectare public park in the city’s center,surrounded by residential areas, with cape town’s central business district located on the old victoria & albert waterfront, nearby.

the stadium from a distance

the lightweight concept of the stadium blends respects its surroundings with its unobtrusive design. the outer shell of the stadium has been designed as an abstract, linearly articulated membrane structure with a translucent exteral skin that reacts to the varying weather and daylight conditions. its unique undulating silhouette – the result of the geometry of the stadium – gives the stadium the image of a sculptural object, enhancing its integration into the existing landscape.

the structure consists of extensive concave features forming a uniform, flowing façade that follows the undulations. the light-colored glass fiber mesh boosts this effect, its coloration generating depth and vitality. the translucent surface absorbs and reflects the changing atmosphere of the daylight.

a view of the pitch

designed for both football and rugby games, the stadium has three tiers with seats for approximately 68,000 spectators. broad access promenades on levels 2 and 6 form ‘lobbies’ around the stadium arena, which allow visitors freedom of movement and ease of orientation around the stadium.

the angle of inclination means that all seats have the best possible sighting of the pitch. the interior of the stadium is designed to focus all attention on the pitch – which can also be seen from the lobby – thereby generating an atmosphere of intimacy and excitement. the lobby, at a height of 25 m offers a panoramic view over green point common, the city and ocean.

alternative view of the pitch

the parabolic profile of the stands gives spectators an optimal view of the pitch. the top tier’s curving outline, contrasts with the more muted curves of the roof edge. for the purposes of the 2010 world cup, temporary rows of seating will be installed.

due to the nature of the site and the rocky subsoil in which it lies, the pitch and bottom tier of the stadium could not be sunk into the ground. in order to reduce the apparent height of the stadium, the architects have provided an elevated plateau as an artificial landscape feature, mediating between the surroudings and the stadium, lessening the perceived height of the stadium.

construction being done on the roof

the roof structure is a combination of a suspended roof with radial truss systems. the saddle-shaped, undulating roof with a truss-girder system is covered with 36, 000m2 laminated safety glass, with a diaphanous membrane skin on the interior, preventing wind suction upwards.

the inner, 16m-wide ring consists of clear glass which allows natural light to come through, while the external glass is enameled, reducing heat dissipation, and cutting light intensity by about 80%.

the space between the glass covering and the membrane integrates camouflages technical elements such as a public address system and lighting as well as offering weather protection and sound insulation.

the rooftop clad in laminated glass

greenpoint stadium

the roads leading to the stadium

outside the stadium

outside the stadium

inside the stadium

inside the stadium

inside the stadium

inside the stadium

inside the stadium

the stadium from a distance

aerial view of cape town

aerial view of cape town

stadium from afar

stadium in the early evening

stadium at night

stadium at night

site plan

section view

elevation view elevation view

stadium plan

stadium plan

stadium plan

project credits:

design: volkwin marg und hubert nienhoff mit robert hormes partner: hubert nienhoff project managers: robert hormes, projektmanagement: michèle rüegg project team design: holger betz, christian blank, margret böthig, sophie baumann, martin krebes project team execution: christian blank, margret böthig, sophie baumann, lena brögger, martin glass, chris hättasch, patrick hoffmann, andrea jobski, martin krebes consortium with: louis karol architects, point architects, kapstadt structural engineering roof: schlaich bergermann und partner stadionrund: bks (pty) ltd, engineering and management, iliso consulting, henry fagan & partners, kfd wilkinson consulting engineers, arcus gibb consulting engineers, alle kapstadt technical building equipment: bks (pty) ltd, wsp (pty) ltd, ilsio consulting, goba consulting, all cape town electrical engineering: bks (pty) ltd, wsp (pty) ltd, arcus gibb consulting engineers, all cape town sanitary installation/ heating: wsp (pty) ltd, bmds consulting engineers, integrate consulting engineers, ubunye engineering services, alle kapstadt landscape architects: ovp associates landscape architects urban design: comrie wilkinson architects & urban designers, jakupa architects and urban designers, ovp associates landscape architects, alle kapstadt structural fire protection: bramley & associates, kapstadt traffic planning: bks (pty) ltd, ilsio consulting, arcus gibb consulting engineers, pendulu consulting, axios consulting, ashakhe consulting, alle kapstadt project management: mda mitchell du plessis associates, bks (pty ltd), engineering and management, ariya project managers, ngonyama okparnum associates, alle kapstadt general contractor jv: murray & roberts, wbho construction management: bks (pty) ltd, engineering and management, kapstadt construction period: 2007–2009 number of tiers: 3 seats: 68.000 client: city of cape town, spv 2010 roof: laminated safety glass elements/ diaphanous pvc membrane roof surface: 35,000 sqm photos: marcus bredt, berlin and bruce sutherland, cape town

  • WOW!!!!! absolutely beautiful,,,,, how nice playing near the beach….. and the structure doesn’t destroy the city view…. great job.

    luis arrivillaga says:
  • Looks great! Very ethereal.

    World Man About Town says:
  • ooooooooooooooooooooowh yeeereeee
    now I become to enjoy the beuty of design and from now on wards I embrance architecture. wonderfull!!!!!!!!

    NYAMONDE RAMADHANI says:
  • very elegant design.

    osayowais says:
  • Absolutely wonderful images and concept, but I want to make one point clear: This stadium is a disaster for the context and society in which it will be built. Look at the picture, this stadium clearly does not belong there. Not only because of the size and design but also because of the way it will be used in the future. Think about it: this stadium supports almost 70000 seats, in Europe where soccer is probably at its most powerful in society most clubs are unable to build and fill such a large stadium with people. Only the absolutely best clubs might be able to sustain a 70,000 seat stadium effectively… And now imagine the situation in cape town: the matches that are played during the world championships of course are awesome and will fill this stadium easily, but after that, what will happen to this stadium?

    The local clubs have a hard time to attract 10,000 people to their matches and then we talk about the biggest matches they play. In 20 years from now the local authorities have probably failed to sustain the stadium in a good condition and because it is no longer in use everything will deteriorate. Imagine a 70,000 seat stadium in the middle of a city which is not used. It will be a symbol of failure of design.

    I think as designers and in this case architectures we have to take into consideration what the effect our design has on a society in both short term (during use) but also in long term (what happens afterwards?) Therefore I like the images we can see right now on our screen, but I really think the design has failed miserably. Im sorry to be so negative, but the design here completely misses the point!

    Thijs Roumen says:

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