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BUILDING
 
 
Green Point Stadium
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DESIGNER
 
 
gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
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DESCRIPTION
 
Greenpoint Stadium gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner CapetownThe geography of Cape Town is uniquely dominated by the contrast of the Table Mountain massif and Signal Hill with the gently undulating landscape and, surrounding it all, the Atlantic Ocean.

Greenpoint Stadium is a landmark building in the parkland of Greenpoint Common at the foot of Signal Hill, and blends respectfully with the landscape as a whole.

Greenpoint Stadium gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner CapetownThe outer shell of the stadium has been designed as an abstract, linearly articulated membrane structure. Its unique undulating silhouette – the result of the geometry of the stadium – gives the stadium the image of a sculptural object, enhancing its integration into the existing landscape.

The lightweight membrane structure consists of extensive concave features forming a uniform, flowing façade that follows the undulations. The light-colored glass fiber mesh boosts this effect, its coloration generating depth and vitality. The translucent surface absorbs and reflects the changing atmosphere of the daylight.

Designed for both football and rugby games, the stadium has three tiers with seats for about 68,000 spectators. The angle of inclination means that all seats have the best possible sighting of the pitch. The interior of the stadium is designed to focus all attention on the pitch, thereby generating an atmosphere of intimacy and excitement.

The roof structure is a combination of a suspended roof with radial truss systems. The undulating roof is covered with laminated safety glass, and on the inside with a diaphanous membrane skin. The space between the glass covering and the membrane integrates technical elements such as a public address system and lighting as well as offering weather protection and a sound-absorbent volume.

For all its respectful understatement, the stadium will become a distinctive feature of the city. It improves the immediate environment of Greenpoint Common and acts as a stimulus for other positive developments in the adjacent urban structure, the surrounding district and the whole urban environment.
Greenpoint Stadium gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner Capetown
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Afrique
Nation
South Africa [Suid Afrika]
Province
Western Cape
Metropolitan borough
City of Cape Town
Town
Cape Town
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Sports buildings
Stadiums, grandstands
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2006     project winner of competition
Realisation
2007 - 2009
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AWARDS
 
2011
IOC/IAKS Award
International Olympic Committee
International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS)

category: “stadiums for competitions and events”
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Stefania Suma, "Stadio a Città del Capo/Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa", L'industria delle costruzioni 413, maggio-giugno/may-june 2010 [Architetture per lo sport], pp. 72-79
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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
 
 
City of Cape Town, spv 2010
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Capacity
68.000 seats
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, BKS Ltd., Iliso Consulting, Henry Fagan & Partners, KFD Wilkinson, Arcus Gibb
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STAFF
 
Project architect
Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Robert Hormes
Project leader
Robert Hormes
Project management
Michèle Rüegg
Construction management
MDA Mitchell du Plessis Associates, BKS (pty ltd), Ariya project managers, Ngonyama Okparnum Associates
Design team
Christian Blank, Margret Böthig, Sophie Baumann, Lena Brögger, Martin Glass, Chris Hättasch, Patrick Hoffmann, Andrea Jobski, Martin Krebes, Holger Betz
Collaborators
Louis Karol architects, Point architects
General contractor
Murray & Roberts, WBHO
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 
Matches:
  • 11 June  Group A   Uruguay - France
  • 14 June  Group F   Italy - Paraguay
  • 18 June  Group C   England - Algeria
  • 21 June  Group G   Portugal - Korea DPR
  • 24 June  Group E   Cameroon - Netherlands
  • 29 June  Round of 16  1H - 2G
  • 03 July   Quarter-finals  W52 - W51
  • 06 July   Semi-finals  W58 - W57




See dossier South Africa, FIFA World Cup 2010



See other dossiers Stadi, Sudafrica 2010
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Bruce Sutherland, 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

gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner Greenpoint Stadium Capetown



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