Boogertman Urban Edge & Partners design the new FIFA world cup 2010 soccer stadium in Johannesburg
The Soccer City corresponds to highest technical standards of modern football stadiums. Also the visual appearance of the Soccer City designed by the South African architects of Boogertman Urban Edge & Partner sets a landmark for the FIFA world cup 2010. For the realisation of the unconventional design the architects rely on European know-how. A football stadium like an “African Pot” that shines in typical African colours: The expertise of two Austrian companies makes this unconventional project possible: Rieder Smart Elements produces 30,000 square meters of fibreC elements forming the façade of the stadium. Valenta Metallbau develops more than 100,000 specially designed steel elements for the sub-construction. The outer skin of the arena spans 43,000 square meters in total. The concrete elements are produced in the Bavarian Kolbermoor in Germany. The new façade will be assembled to the sub-construction on site in South Africa. Therefore Rieder and Valenta are going to erect an own field fabric. Through its excellent eco-profile, the energy consumption of fibreC is significantly lower compared to alternative façade products: The production of fibreC has 40% less global warming potential than fibre cement panels or aluminium sheets. HPL (high pressure laminates) cladding panels even use five times more energy than fibreC. The realization of the entire building covering will be completed within a 12 month period. The Soccer City project currently employs 3.000 people and is therefore the world’s largest stadium construction site. The completion of the overall project is scheduled for January 2009.
This project is a collaboration between Boogertman Urban Edge and Partners and Populous
Thumbnail images (from left to right): Images 1 & 2 - renderings, Image 3 - phototype of Fibre C covering and Image 4 (from left to right) Wolfgang Reider (CEO of Rieder Smart Elements), Piet Boer & Bob van Bebber (from Boogertman Urban Edge and Partners) and Josep Valenta (CEO of Valenta Metallbau).