On Thursday, October 16th, 2014, the retrofitting of the Velodrome stadium in Marseille will be completed and its grand opening will be celebrated by all those who took part along with many VIPs.
The Velodrome Stadium is the second of three stadiums to be designed by Elioth for the Euro 2016 games after the Allianz Riviera which officially opened last summer and the Geoffroy Guichard stadium, in the town of Saint Etienne. This project was an adventure that started 5 years ago during which Elioth worked along side the consortium formed by Arema/GFC/SCAU/EGIS offering its expertise when it came to the steel structure of the roofing, cladding and environmental issues.
Given that is was an extremely complex project, not only due to the form of its geometry, but also the fact that the different constructions phases took place while the stadium was still in activity, in addition to being located in an earthquake zone and on the seafront, it leaves one awestruck by its impressionable overall dimensions :
- Roof dimensions 280 x 210m
- Roof Area in PFTE tensile fabric: 45 000m2
- Steel Tonnage 5 000t
- Cost of works: over € 260M
For Elioth the stadium especially meant the implementation on a large-scale of parametric geometric modeling tools such as Rhino and Grasshopper in conjunction with the finite element software (GSA via SSI and also Ecotect). Beyond the software tools, Elioth and Scau’s joint design for the roofing and the cladding resulted in an envelope of which the structural design was not only true to the architectural vision but was built for maximum efficiency.
After four years of construction the stadium is now fully revealed and one that Elioth can be extremely proud of; it is one of the best examples to showcase our technical expertise.