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Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 2009

For the 2010 World Cup a new World Cup-quality stadium became necessary. The form of the stadium is characterized by the structure of the girders, ringing the stadium like petals that converge towards the center of the stadium. To create a wind-proof intersection between the roof and the facade, the roof cladding was designed to run in front of the facade. The distinctive design of the roof is the result of the alternating arrangement of girders and membrane. The 36 spatial truss girders act as cantilevers and based on their spatial geometry and intersection they stabilize each other. An external top chord presents the girders to be visible outwards. Interplay of the different shapes of ribs and hollows is created, which is continued in the interaction of the roof cladding of glass fiber membrane and aluminum.


  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Architect

    gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

  • Cooperation

    AECOM, South Africa

  • Awards

    IOC/IAKS Award 2011 Bronze

  • Client

    City of Port Elizabeth

  • Contractor

    Joint venture BAM International bv/Grinaker LTA

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, site supervision, erection analysis

  • Main axes 260 x 200 m
  • Height 35 m
  • Facade area 25,000 m²
  • Seats 46,000
  • Span 40 m
  • Membrane area 34,000 m²
  • Gross floor area 50.000 m²
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

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