Arena da Amazonia, Manaus

The textile roof-/facade structure of the new World Cup stadium " Arena da Amazonia " in Manaus is completed.
In less than four months, our project and assembly team has mounted the spectacular membrane construction. By missing on-site preliminary work the assambly of the membrane could begin much later than planned. Process delays and the onset of rains also interfere the running of mounting.

The roof structure is made up of mutually supporting cantilevers, whose steel hollow core girders function simultaneously as large gutters to drain the immense run-off of tropical rainwater. Given the hot, humid Amazonas climate, the roof continues into the façade to provide shade and shelter for spectator circulation areas and vertical access points. The fields of the roof and façades consist of translucent fiberglass fabric. The total membrane surface area is about 34,000 s.qm. The natural ventilation arising in combination with the façade apertures creates a pleasant microclimate.

The stadium lies directly on the central traffic axis linking the city with the airport. Integrated into a sports park that is also home to a sambodrome, athletics facilities, multi-purpose venues and a swimming center, it is part of the “Arena da Amazônia”, which offers ideal conditions for professional and local sporting events.

Project data:

Seats approx. 44,400
Length of stadium approx. 240 m
Width of stadium approx. 200 m

gmp - Archtitekten Gerkan, Marg & Partner, Germany

Schlaich, Bergermann & Partner, Germany

Martifer Steel Construction, Portugal

general contractor:
Andrade Gutierrez, Brazil


photo: Michael Bredt, Germany










Textile Roof-/Facade-Structure of Ceno Tec for the Arena Amazonia in Manaus