The recently completed Ice Sports Center in Vienna appears as a state-of-the-art Ice Arena with three skating rinks. It provides seats for 7,000 spectators in a big arena and up to 3,000 in a smaller one. The strong architectural image of the new stadium complex gives no hint that it is an extension and refurbishment of the outdated ‘Albert Schultz’ ice rink, a building from the early nineties that was incapable of accommodating up to date ice hockey.
A triple roof structure creates a generous space for a ‘promenade architecturale’ that permits a sequence of insights and perspectives into the stadiums and onto the fields where the action is taking place. The handling of light, transparency, materiality and construction forms a continuous architectural guideline within which different areas with individual atmospheres have been developed. Every stadium, as well as the restaurant, the ‘public area’, the ‘golden club’ and the ‘sky lounge’ forms a clear statement and has its appropriate position in the ensemble. The site of the Ice Sports Center with its new dimensions fits into the future urban development of the area.
The architecture permits a continuous free view from the outside into the stadiums as well as from the inside of the stadiums into the public areas. As such, it generates an interlacing of the surrounding urban space with the action taking place inside. The relationship between inside and outside is increased by the public paths that lead through the compound and forecourts and loggias offer attractive public spaces at the entrance to the future ‘cherry-blossom-park’.