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Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
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DESIGNER
 
 
gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
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DESCRIPTION
 
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner Port ElizabethDesigned as a football and rugby stadium, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is located beside North End Lake with terraces and hills in the middle of Prince Alfred’s Park.

The stadium is set in the surrounding area as a landmark building, rising from the edge of the lake like a flower. Located right beside the lake, the building is reflected in the water and forms a unique vista.

gmp von Gerkan, Marg und PartnerThe silhouette of the stadium indicates the clear design of the structural members. They form a colonnaded walkway that encloses the whole stadium. The glazed lounge level forms the horizontal termination of the colonnades. The leaf-shaped roof components, the tips of which extend as far as the floor at lounge level, float above this ring and round the picture off.

The roof structure is oriented to local climate conditions and protects spectators not only against the sun but also (and particularly) against frequent, violent onshore winds. The protection takes the form of aluminum cladding carried on triangulated trusses with white PTFE membrane surfaces in the interstices. All technical facilities such as the sound system and lighting, and also the maintenance walkway, are integrated into the roof.

The stadium is designed for 48,000 spectators divided into an upper and a lower level. The rounded design of the stands provides optimum viewing conditions and guarantees an intimate, emotional atmosphere.

The design takes account not only of function, technical and climatic aspects but also cultural considerations as well. The façade, which is at the rear of the colonnading, is being finished by local African craftsmen to give a 700m-wide exhibition of traditional and modern African culture.

The construction of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium offers an opportunity to provide Port Elizabeth with a high-quality sports facility that will revitalize the whole urban area. The aim of the design is to encourage maximum use after the World Cup. All the press areas of the stadium can be turned into offices and leisure facilities. An open area will be created between the stadium and the sea offering water-based recreation. Along with the sports and leisure clubs in Port Elizabeth that will use the stadium on a daily basis, the area around Prince Alfred’s Park will develop into an excursion destination.
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner Port Elizabeth
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MATERIALS
 
reinforced concrete

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner Port ElizabethNumber of pre-cast terrace units: 5301
Concrete volume / reinforcement in terrace units: 6735 m³ / 810 t
Number of pre-cast raker beams: 208
Concrete volume / reinforcement in raker beams: 2279 m³ / 347 t
Number of pre-cast stair wells: 416
Concrete volume / reinforcement in pre-cast units: 1412 m³ / 85 t

Number of in-situ columns: 756
Concrete volume / reinforcement in columns: 3338 m³ / 514 t
Number of piles: 1188
Concrete volume / reinforcement in piles: 4035 m³ / 242 t

Description of roof structure:
36 main girders, formed by 3-dimensional triagonal trusses, are cantelevered over the stands, cladded with aluminium panels, partially peforated. PTFE-membrane panels span between the 36 main girders, tightened by valley cables that devide each membrane panel in 2 segments.
Structural steel tonnage: 2000 t
Aluminum cladding surface: 22.500 m²
Membrane surface: 22.000 m²
Number of bolted nodes: 1404
Dimensions: 266 x 207 m
Depth: 45 m
Height: 25 m

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Afrique
Nation
South Africa [Suid Afrika]
Province
Eastern Cape
Municipality
Nelson Mandela Bay
Town
Port Elizabeth
Address
Lake View Road
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Sports buildings
Stadiums, grandstands
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2005    
Realisation
2007 - 2009
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EXHIBITIONS
 
 
From Cape Town to Brasília. New Sports Stadiums by the Architects von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, München, Pinakothek der Moderne, Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität, 22 april/20 june 2010
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CLIENT
 
 
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
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AMOUNT
 
 
ZAR 1.600.000.000 / € 120.000.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Capacity
46.000 permanent seats
48.600 including temporary seats
2.390 business seats
125 permanent seats for press
46 VIP-Boxes
96 underground parking
Lenght
m. 256
Widht
m. 197
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STAFF
 
Project architect
Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Holger Betz
Associate architect
Hubert Nienhoff
Project leader
Holger Betz, Silke Flaßnöcker
Design team
Burkhard Pick, Martin Krebes, Margret Böthig, Robert Hormes, Alberto Flores, Tobias Schaer
General contractor
Grinaker LTA / Interbeton
Design consortium
BKS/BTKM-PMSA in co-operation with ADA Architectural Design Associates, Dhiro Kalian, Dominic Bonnesse Architects, NOH Architects, Gapp Architects
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 
Matches:
  • 12 June  Group B   Korea Republic - Greece
  • 15 June  Group G   Côte d'Ivoire - Portugal
  • 18 June  Group D   Germany - Serbia
  • 21 June  Group H   Chile - Switzerland
  • 23 June  Group C   Slovenia - England
  • 26 June  Round of 16  1A - 2B
  • 02 July   Quarter-finals  W53 - W54 
  • 10 July   Match for third place  L61 - L62




See dossier South Africa, FIFA World Cup 2010



See other dossiers Stadi, Sudafrica 2010
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Marcus Bredt
Drawings © gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Text edited by gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Courtesy by gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner Port Elizabeth


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