Category Archives: Indoor Arenas

Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava by Fischer Architects

By : Mark V | 2 Apr 2016 3:06 am | Indoor Arenas, Sport Arenas

The Ondrej Nepela Arena is a beautiful ice hockey stadium from Bratislava, that was renovated and extended by Fischer Architects in 2011 to host the 2011 ice hockey world championship. Since Bratislava is the seat of many aficionados of this sport, a stadium fit for them was long overdue. The original stadium was built in the 1940s and was open, with a tribune made from wood. Step by step it was improved and extended, but a complete remodeling was still…

Mariinsky Theatre II by Diamond Schmitt Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 29 Jan 2016 11:37 pm | Indoor Arenas, Other, Urban

The New Mariinsky Theatre opened on May 2, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia and it was designed by the practice of Diamond Schmitt Architects with a design that tries to give a contemporary renewal of the historic urban building. The Theater is across the street from the original opera and ballet house in the historic center of the city, one of the largest performing arts facilities in the world and the first one in Russia, built in the 19th century.…

Eternity puzzle in Perth by ARM in association with CCN Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 10 Jul 2015 7:23 pm | Indoor Arenas, Sport Arenas

The Eternity puzzle is created through collaboration between the practice of ARM Architecture and Cameron Chisholm Nicol, and its design is a reference to one of the oldest buildings in Perth, namely the Roundhouse in Fremantle which has twelve sides. The futuristic design of the exterior tries to emphasize the importance of Perth to large-scale sports or entertainment events and thus the designers used the ALUCOBOND aluminum composite and painted the structure with Arena Blue, Cream, Black, White and Silver…

Water Cube by ARUP

By : Dennis Franklin | 17 Feb 2015 6:29 pm | Indoor Arenas

The National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China, or Water Cube, as it is also called, is an imposing landmark designed by the ARUP architectural practice to act as a greenhouse due to a façade made of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene that permits sunlight to pass inside and passively heat the building as well as the water in the swimming pool. The ETFE blue bubbles led to a reduction of the energy needed of 30% which is quite significant and the designers achieved…

Multifunctional Sports Hall by Dico and Tiganas

By : Dennis Franklin | 8 Dec 2014 10:55 pm | Indoor Arenas

This Multifunctional Sports Hall located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania was created as a part of the Cluj Arena infrastructure of training, championship and cultural events as a soccer and athletics stadium created by the Dico and Tiganas architectural practice in 2011. The project was quite needed in a city where a quarter of the population is comprised of students and the hall brings a new connective element between the Central Garden and the Somes River bank, leading to a sports park…

Leeds Arena by Populous

By : Dennis Franklin | 21 Oct 2013 5:30 pm | Indoor Arenas

The Leeds Arena was designed by the Populous architectural practice with the shape of a bowl that focuses on keeping the spectators close to the performance stage even if the seats they have are 67 meters away which is the farthest distance. The theater has 12500 seats and it is located in the downtown area of Leeds, England with a design that integrates itself in the existing infrastructure while also contrasting from them. The façade is made with LED strips…

Inzell Speed Skating Stadium by Behnisch Architekten + Pohl Architekten

By : Dennis Franklin | 19 Aug 2013 6:44 pm | Indoor Arenas

Located in Inzell in Bavaria, Germany this Speed Skating Stadium was designed by the Behnisch Architekten and the Pohl Architekten practices in 2011 to host the World Single Distant Speed Skating Championship of 2011. For it to be able to host the world-class competition the former outdoor skating track has been improved with an intelligent roof structure which offers seats for 7000 spectators and provides maximum flexibility. The arena has a length of 200 meters and is 90 meters wide…

Spira Performing Arts Center by Wingardh Arkitektkontor

By : Dennis Franklin | 12 Jun 2013 3:36 pm | Indoor Arenas, Other

The Spira Performing Arts Center is located on an artificial peninsula on Lake Munksjon in the center of downtown Jonkoping, Sweden and it was designed by the architectural practice of Wingardh Arkitektkontor through an invited competition in which they won the first prize. The project includes four performing arts venues: the main concert hall with seats for 910 persons, a 450 seat theater, a black box with 200 seats and a café stage with 200 seats. The four halls are…

Ice Dome Bolshoy by SIC Mostovik

By : Dennis Franklin | 16 Apr 2013 7:58 pm | Indoor Arenas

Located in the city of Sochi, Russia the Ice Dome Bolshoy was designed in 2012 by the practice of SIC Mostovik and was meant to be reminiscent of the famous Faberge egg through its shape and through the exterior patterns. The main structure has an ellipsoid shape and is white, but through a system of LEDs the exterior can gain the colors and patterns of a Faberge egg or any other patterns as sell. Another source of inspiration was the…

Ziggo Dome by Benthem Crouwel Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 11 Apr 2013 8:59 am | Indoor Arenas, Urban

The practice of Benthem Crouwel Architects designed this project in 2012 and it now stands in the heart of the Southeast Amsterdam, an area that is very important to the city’s cultural, economic and touristic significance. The ArenA Boulevard’s purpose is for entertainment, shopping and other leisure activities such as sports or recreation. Since the area is easily accessible through train, bus, car or metro it is the perfect place for the Ziggo Dome, which is the largest concert hall…

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