Cape Town warms up for World Cup stadium
Cape Town is to play host to the FIFA Football World Cup in 2010 and central to the preparations and the event is the spectacular Green Point Stadium, designed to seat 68,000 spectators on three tiers.
This architecturally outstanding structure has been created by GMP Architects in cooperation with Louis Karol, Point Architects and Urban Designers, Cape Town. The image of Cape Town is uniquely characterised by the interaction of Table Mountain and Signal Hill - a soft, hilly landscape, and the surrounding Atlantic Ocean. Green Point Stadium will sit at the foot of Signal Hill. The exterior shell of the stadium was designed as an abstract, linearly arranged membrane construction. Its unique undulating silhouette, which is the result of the geometry of the stadium body, transforms the stadium into a sculptural object and intensifies its integration into the existing landscape.
The light membrane is composed of expansive concave elements that form a cohesive flowing facade, which follows the stadium's undulating shape. The light coloured glass-fibre tissue emphasizes this effect with its colour creating a sense of depth and animation, and the translucent surface absorbing and reflecting the effect of the existing daylight. At sunset, the stadium possesses a reddish glow, a blue one on a bright summer day and has a grey appearance on a stormy day in winter. The interior of the stadium is designed in such a way that its entire focus is directed on the playing field, creating an intense and exciting atmosphere.
The stadium, with its respectful reserve, is destined to become one of the city's landmark features.