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Moses Mabhida Stadium

Durban, South Africa, 2009

The city of Durban awarded the specific contract to create a landmark with the construction of the new stadium for the aspiring harbor city. Further development of this idea led to the design of the arch, visible from afar and simultaneously a structurally effective element for the roof. The 104 m high arch transfers the vertical loads and pre-stressing forces of the membrane roof. The horizontal loads due to the pre-stressing forces of the cable structure are carried by two horizontal arches, which also define the outer edge of the stadium roof. These horizontal arches are supported by the façade columns, some vertical and some inclined, at varying heights. Radial steel cables span from the horizontal compression ring alternately to the vertical arch and to the inner tension ring.


  • Location

    Durban, South Africa

  • Architect

    gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

  • Cooperation

    BKS (now AECOM), Durban

  • Awards

    World Stadium Awards 2012, Engineering excellence in stadium development

  • Client

    City of Durban

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, site supervision, erection analysis for roof and façade

  • Span of the arch 340 m
  • Membrane area 46,000 m²
  • FIFA Worldcup 2010 70,000
  • Height of the arch 100 m
  • Seats 56,000
  • Olympia 2020 85,000
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium © schlaich bergermann partner
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium

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