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Brief Published: 9 Nov 2011

Germany’s ‘Low E’ Speed-Skating Venue


German architects Behnisch Architekten won Best Building of the Year in the Sport category at the 2011 World Architecture Festival, Barcelona, for its eco-friendly speed-skating stadium in Inzell, Germany.

The new 200m-long, 90m-wide Max Aicher Arena was built for the 2011 World Speed-Skating Championship and can accommodate up to 7,000 spectators under its energy efficient roof.

The cloud-like white canopy roof has been designed to provide a neat camouflage against the backdrop of the arena’s mountainous surroundings, while a ‘Low-E’ membrane reflects the ice’s cold radiation back onto the track, regulating the temperature to keep it at sport-perfect levels.

The canopy’s ability to diffuse the daylight streaming in from the structure’s 17 skylights also helps to maintain a low temperature for the ice. And larger-than-average perimeter-wide windows also give passers-by a view of the events inside, while offering spectators views of the Bavarian Alps.

The World Architecture Festival ran from November 2-4 2011.

Behnisch Architekten