Mercedez-Benz Arena – Stuttgart, Germany
Building: Mercedez-Benz Arena (Gottlieb Daimler Stadium)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Renovation Completed: 1993
Architect: Planungsgemeinschaft Neckarstadion, Stuttgart; Schlaich Bergermann und Partner; Weidleplan; ‘asp’ Architekten – Arat – Siegel – Schust
AE Interests: The roof spans the entire spectator area of the converted athletics stadium. 40 radial cables connect the roof’s inner tension ring with the two outer compression rings. The cables and consequently the roof consistently span 58 m. A PVC-coated polyester-membrane covers the roof, making it durable enough to withstand 1,000 kg of weight per square decimeter. The covers double curvature is maintained by a secondary structure. The spoked-wheel-type construction principle chosen for this structure proved to be extremely economic especially with the existing foundation problems .