The Bavarian town of Inzell hosted the World Single Distant Speed Skating Championships 2011. To create the world-class competition conditions required for this event, the existing outdoor speed-skating track was upgraded through the construction of a high-performance intelligent roof structure. This imporoved arena can accommodate up to 7,000 spectators and offers maximum flexibility for large scale world class competitions as well as regular seasonal speed-skating training.
The 200 meter long and 90 meter wide arena was planned as an independent wide-span structure, free of interior columns. The athletes and spactators can enjoy panoramic views of the Bavarian Alps through the continuous glass facade which stands as a transparent band between the cloud-like roof and the concrete grandstands that flow into the landscape. At the same time, passers-by can look into the stradium interior and catch a glimpse of daily activities.
The roof itself embodies a precisely designed interior climate concept that ensures optimized energectic, economic, and sustainable operation of the ice track on a daily basis. On the underside the roof is fitted with a “Low-E” membrane reflecting the ice’s own cold thermal radiation back onto the speed track, thus maintaining the low temperature of the ice surface. Simultaneously, this membrane maximises the quantity of diffuse daylight that streams intp the stadium through the roof’s seventeen large north-facing skylights. A number of existing suppport buildings were also upgraded in order to integrade them into arena’s overall concept of optimum energetic performance.Location: Inzell, Germany
Architects: Behnisch Architekten with Pohl Architekten
Project name: Speedskating Stadium Inzell Max Aicher Arena Photos: David Matthiessen, Sabine Schmalfuss