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Hitting the mark in functionality and aesthetics

Makrolon ® sets new standards for soccer stadium in Gdansk

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship took place in Poland and Ukraine. The “PGE Arena Gdansk” played a central role in the Championships. The high-tech polycarbonate Makrolon ® from Covestro was utilized for it to create a dramatic architectural design and concept.

For the “PGE Arena Gdansk”, Covestro sheets manufactured more than 45,000 square meters of Makrolon ® 3X25 ES, a special sheet for stadiums. The sheets are used both for roofing over the stands and the outer shell of the stadium – something that has never been
done before. Every single Makrolon ® sheet was coloured in six different colors ranging from white to amber.

By installing the Makrolon ® web plates horizontally, the building’s outer facade (which is visible from miles away) achieves its striking design. Every plate was hermetically sealed on the open edge to ensure that it was waterproof.

Due to high wind loads and safety regulations, the plates, which are up to 6 m long and 880 mm wide, were enclosed in a special frame structure.

The arena reflects the colors of amber, which is a hallmark of the region. For this reason amber is also known locally as the „gold of the Baltic Sea”. “The designers specified the colors, and Covestro produced them thanks to our innovative compounding technology.

Picture source: RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky Architektur + Städtebau
Artur Rys ARDUKT Inzynieria Transportowa