Max Aicher Arena Inzell, Speed Skating Stadium Building, Architecture, Photo, Design, Project, Image
Max Aicher Arena, Inzell : German Speed Skating Stadium
German Sports Building – design by Behnisch Architekten / Pohl Architekten
18 Nov 2011
Max Aicher Arena Inzell
Design: Projektarbeitsgemeinschaft Behnisch Architekten Pohl Architekten
Speed Skating Stadium “Max Aicher Arena”
The Bavarian town of Inzell hosted the World Single Distant Speed Skating Championships 2011. To create the world-class competition conditions required for this event, the existing outdoor speed-skating track was upgraded through the construction of a high-performance intelligent roof structure. This improved arena can accommodate up to 7,000 spectators and offers maximum flexibility for large scale world class competitions as well as regular seasonal speed-skating training.
The 200 meter long and 90 meter wide arena was planned as an independent wide-span structure, free of interior columns. The athletes and spectators can enjoy panoramic views of the Bavarian Alps through the continuous glass facade which stands as a transparent band between the cloud-like roof and the concrete grandstands that flow into the landscape. At the same time, passers-by can look into the stadium interior and catch a glimpse of daily activities.
The roof itself embodies a precisely designed interior climate concept that ensures optimized energetic, economic, and sustainable operation of the ice track on a daily basis. On the underside the roof is fitted with a “Low-E” membrane stretched between the lower cords of the ten-meter high timber and steel trusses. The function of this engineered fabric is to reflect the ice’s own cold thermal radiation back onto the speed track, thus maintaining the low temperature of the ice surface. Simultaneously, this membrane maximises the quantity of diffuse daylight that streams into the stadium through the roof’s seventeen large north-facing skylights.
A number of existing support buildings were also upgraded in order to integrate them into the arena’s overall concept of optimum energetic performance. They accommodate offices for the stadium director and the training staff, as well as workshops and spaces for the ice maintenance equipment. The major technical plants and extensive changing rooms are discretely located below the entrance concourse at the level of the ice field.
Max Aicher Arena – Building Information
Client: Gemeinde Inzell
Architect: Project partnership – Behnisch Architekten Pohl Architekten
Planning and construction: 2008-11
Gross: 20,000 m²/ 215,000 sqft
Volume: 315,000 m³/ 11,125,000 cuft
Address: Reichenhaller Strasse 79, 83334 Inzell, Germany
Prize: World Sport Building of the Year, World Architecture Festival 2011, Barcelona
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Located on a 440,000㎡ site that was once used for garbage disposal, the site is now covered with abundance of pine trees. The main concept of the masterplan was to utilize nature, arena, and the plaza as ‘three layers’ to produce a layout that would communicate and harmonize with the surrounding environment. The masterplan would link the arena with the various sports facilities such as figure/short-track skating arena, ice-hockey arena, and a park that will be located north of the site.
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