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Moses Mabhida Stadium
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DESIGNER
 
 
gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
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DESCRIPTION
 
Stadium Moses Mabhida gmp von gerkan marg und partnerSituated on a raised platform, the multifunctional stadium is accessed from the south via a broad flight of steps. A 104m [two-pronged] arch curves high over the stadium as an emblem, visible far and wide. The main entrance at the end of a 2.5km linear park coincides with the bifurcation of the arch, as a gateway to the city.

Stadium Moses Mabhida gmp von gerkan marg und partnerA cable car at the northern end leads to the Skywalk at the apex of the arch. From here, visitors can enjoy a spectacular view over the city and the Indian Ocean. As a distinctive feature, the arch, gives the stadium its unique silhouette, while as a landmark it forms an imposing part of the skyline of Durban.

The geometry of the roof is predetermined by the architectural concept. Between the strong compression ring of the stadium bowl and the arch, a series of radial cables are clamped on the inner edge of the roof so as to make the tension ring almond-shaped. The PTFE-coated membrane of the roof allows 50% of the light through the surface while providing protection against glare and rain. The façade of open lamellae, which follows the undulations in the volume of the stadium, screens the encircling walkway from the sun and the frequent bouts of wind while permitting a free view outwards. The outer skin is in effect a geometrical overlay of a cone imposed on a cylinder, making a walk round the circuit of the stadium a interesting event, with the angle of the rising facades changing as you progress.

The maximum capacity of the stadium for the 2010 World Cup has been set at 70,000 spectators distributed over three tiers. After the World Cup, the number of seats will be reduced to 56,000, but can be temporarily increased to up to 85,000 for major events.

The requirements for a possible staging of the Commonwealth Games or Olympic Games are fulfilled. The new stadium with its surrounding green areas for sports, leisure and cultural activities and social uses will develop into the focus of an attractive urban area and establish itself as a high-quality venue for sports events in South Africa.
Stadium Moses Mabhida gmp von gerkan marg und partner
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BUSINESS ENTERPRISES
 
Suppliers
DORMA
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Afrique
Nation
South Africa [Suid Afrika]
Province
KwaZulu-Natal
Metropolitan borough
eThekwini
Town
Durban
Address
Masabalala Yengwa Ave. (M12) / Battery Beach Road
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Sports buildings
Stadiums, grandstands
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2006     project winner of competition
Realisation
2006 - 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
 
 
Municipality of Durban (eThekwini Municipality), Strategic Projects Unit
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Capacity
70.000 seats
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Schlaich Bergermann und Partner
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STAFF
 
Project architect
Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Holger Betz
Project leader
Holger Betz, Elisabeth Menne, Burkhard Pick
Design team
Chris Hättasch, Alberto Franco Flores, Susan Türke, Stephan Menke, Andrea Jobski, Barbara Düring, Christian Blank, Helge Letius, Martin Krebes, Nadine Sawade, Kritian Uthe-Spenker, Rüdiger von Helmolt, Andrea Jobski, Uschi Köper, Florian Schwarthoff
Collaborators
IBHOLA LETHU PM JV, Theunissen Jankowitz Architects, Ambro Afrique Architects, Osmond Lange Architects, NSM Designs and Mthulusi Msimang Architects
Project management
IBHOLA LETHU PM JV
General contractor
Group Five, WBHO and Pandev JV
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 
Matches:
  • Stadium Moses Mabhida gmp von gerkan marg und partner13 June  Group D   Germany - Australia
  • 16 June  Group H   Spain - Switzerland
  • 19 June  Group E   Netherlands - Japan
  • 22 June  Group B   Nigeria - Korea Republic
  • 25 June  Group G   Portugal - Brazil
  • 28 June  Round of 16  1E - 2F
  • 07 July   Semi-finals  W59 - W60




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 edit by gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Courtesy by gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner



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