• Stadium Maracanã (Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho)
    © Marcus Bredt

Stadium Maracanã (Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013

The Estádio Maracanã belongs to one of the most famous football stadiums in the world. To meet the requirements for the participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup the existing stadium was modernized. Because of its historic and cultural value it was seen as the ultimate objective to treat the building with due respect during the design process. To maintain the appearance of the original stadium the roof structure was to be kept low at the inner and outer rim, and the shaped roof was meant to be floating just above the stadium bowl. The scheme is based on the design principle of a spoked wheel with just one compression ring and three tension rings in total. The old cantilever roof was replaced by a new larger roof that rests on the existing building supports. The entire roof is now covered with a PTFE coated fibreglass membrane and the stands were rebuilt.

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Architect

    roof: schlaich bergermann partner; bowl: Daniel Fernandes

  • Awards

    Ingenieurpreis des Deutschen Stahlbaues 2015, Kategorie Hochbau, Auszeichnung

  • Client

    EMOP, Rio de Janeiro

  • Contractor


  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, workshop geometry, cable erection, site monitoring

  • Dimensions 295 m x 258 m
  • Seats 77,000
  • Certification LEED Silver
  • Roof 46,500 m²
  • Material PTFE membrane
  • Stadium Maracanã (Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho) © Marcus Bredt
  • Stadium Maracanã (Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho) © Marcus Bredt

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