• King Fahd International Stadium

King Fahd International Stadium

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1985

The white tents that make up the roof, arranged in a circle to form a giant flower, tell of the vastness of the desert, of the power and beauty of physical laws, and are reminiscent of Bedouin tents. The roof surface appears to be a pure membrane structure, but in fact it has a clear self-sufficient primary structure made of masts and cables as well as a separately-attached secondary structure made of a membrane with edge cables. The roof is divided into 24 identical elements each with a mast, equally distributed over a 246 m diameter circle and secured with an inner ring cable. Its deviative forces are transferred outwards via upper and lower radial cables that are not connected. Instead of being linked via a compression ring, they are anchored via vertical and slanting masts and cables, which naturally require elaborate foundations. As a result the roof is not a real looped cable roof since only the inner ring cable is wholly sealed.

  • Location

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • Architect

    Ian Fraser Associates, London

  • Cooperation

    Geiger- Berger Associates, New York

  • Client

    Ministry of Youth and Welfare, Saudi-Arabia

  • Contractor

    Philipp Holzmann AG, Frankfurt am Main; Birdair Inc., Amherst, NY

  • Our Scope of Work

    construction design, site supervision

  • Roof surface over 30,000 m²
  • Height of inner ring cable ca. 33 meters above the playing field
  • Height of masts 58 m
  • King Fahd International Stadium
  • King Fahd International Stadium

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