Our vision for the new construction of the 'Sport Arena Wien' is to create a new sustainable landmark for the theme of 'green architecture' as well as for the city, while at the same time finding a high-quality architectural solution that presents the arena with the outdoor space in an overall ensemble.
The basic idea of the 'Sport Arena Wien' is to root architecture in symbiosis with its surroundings, including the river side along the Danube. The new 'Sport Arena Wien' will be integrated into the park landscape. A public park will be created for the residents and visitors of Vienna. From the north-west side, the arena can only be seen through the curved wooden roofs integrated into the park landscape. Slowly the building unfolds and the south-west side shows the semi-circular façade, reminiscent of the Ferry Dusika Hall.
The arena functions on all levels, it is efficient and flexible in terms of event programmes, energy, sustainability and ensures a safe venue at a time when terror and pandemic issues need to be considered.
It acts as an urban catalyst, it is a local icon integrated into the urban profile along the Danube by day and night. The dialogue between the arena and the public space creates a unique solution by creating a park landscape. The timber roof spans the entire building envelope as a performant surface that extends across the programme and main halls. The span defines the curvature of the diagrid shell in a symbiotic movement with the landscape.
The continuous surface creates a unified roof that the user perceives as a continuous reference surface within the building. At the same time, a public space that is freely accessible at all times and a viewing platform above the building are created. The roof is a 5th inhabited façade that redefines the relationship of public space between the future bus station, the adjacent street and the building, and the Danube and its marina. The main path above the building and through the parkland creates a connection via a bridge to the new ramp of the bus terminal, which extends to the Danube bank.