The National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, has won prizes in an international competition held during the World Stadium Congress 2012 in Doha, Qatar.
Designed by architectural firm von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, the 58,000-seat stadium won World Stadium Congress Awards in two categories, including best multifunctional stadium design and most innovative use of technology in stadium design.
The stadium was reconstructed and opened in January 2012 in time for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championships being hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
The previous facility, Stadion Dziesieciolecia, was no longer being used and had been in a dilapidated condition since 1988.
The construction of the stadium comprises two main parts: a grandstand constructed of pre-fabricated concrete components and the steel wire net roof with a textile membrane suspended from freestanding steel supports with inclined tie rods above.
A retractable membrane sail was installed in the interior roof to fold together above the centre of the pitch, where a four-screen video cube has been installed to offer a view of the matches to all seats.
The top tier can be accessed through 12 arch-shaped, single-flight staircases.
An anodized expanded metal exterior facade provides another envelope for the actual thermal shell of the interior areas and access steps.
The exterior panels are red and bright silver, which appear either closed or transparent, depending on the angle of the light, while from a distance the stadium appears as a white and red structure similar to Poland’s national colours.
The stadium features 20,000m² of leasable office space, conference facilities and a large floor space which can be used independently from the stadium operation.
Image: The 58,000-seat stadium features 20,000m² of leasable office and conference facilities. Photo: von Gerkan, Marg and Partners.