by gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects as Architecture - Thu, 10 March 2011
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The modernization concept reinforces the quality of the existing structure, built in 1936, and is subordinate to it; the stadium’s external appearance could thus be maintained. All necessary new structures are therefore located underground and outside the stadium. The new roof structure is not a closed ring but openended towards the Marathon Gate. The delicate structure and the selected surface materials deliberately contrast the new grandstand roof against the solid tectonics of the historical stadium. The light, cantilevered structure with a membrane as upper and lower roof covering resembles an aerofoil in section. The circumferential span is approximately 68 m. In the area of the upper tier stands, twenty very slender tree-shaped columns support the steel tube framework, which remains visible through the translucent membrane as the primary load-bearing structure. The illumination of the playing field, which is stage-managed as a “Ring of Fire”, and the stadium’s sound system are integrated into the inner roof edge.
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