Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Designed by Volkwin Marg with Christian Hoffmann of architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) together with local firm Beng Architectes Associés, the new 9,900 seat Stade de Luxembourg was aimed at creating the atmosphere of a football arena at this small scale in relation to global standards while also, at the same time, achieving a significant presence in the urban ensemble.
The design by gmp for the Grand Duchy’s national stadium was the successful winner amongst 25 competitors in the 2016 negotiated procedure.
Located south of the Luxembourg City, the new construction of the football and rugby arena replaced the outdated previous structure and was built in cooperation with the local practice Beng Architectes Associés.
In addition to the design for the stadium itself, the task involved an urban masterplan for the site of about 8 hectares.
The new national arena is located on a strip of land that runs from east to west, with the A6 motorway to the north and a planned new road and tramway connection to the south, the latter creating a central traffic and interchange hub close to the stadium.
Here, in addition to the sunken parking lot, gmp have also designed the new service building for the city of Luxembourg’s Service des Sports.
The size of the pitch and the facilities at the new arena follow international guidelines, meaning that both the top UEFA stadium category IV and that of the International Rugby Board (IRB) are achieved.
The stadium features an orthogonal layout with a single tier and diagonally-truncated corner areas, with the grandstand reaching all the way down to the edge of the pitch.
Toward the south, a building block accommodates the functional facilities for VIPs, the press, players, and officials.
There, directly above the main entrance from the forecourt at the new Boulevard Kockelscheuer, is the access to the business foyer with adjoining press area and multifunctional room, which can also be used independently of sports events.
The loadbearing structure of the grandstand roof consists of a grid of double-angulated steel girders that are tapered to reflect the internal forces; the grid of girders rises from all sides of the arena and, at its highest point, carries the pitch lighting system that can be seen by both stadium visitors and those driving by.
The effect is particularly noticeable at night, when the pitch lighting and the illuminated facade structure radiate out to the city.
In addition, at the second level high above the building and seen from outside, the line of lighting fixtures marks the dimensions of the pitch.
The official opening by the municipality and the Ministry of Sport has been scheduled for September 25, 2021 and will be followed by an “open door” event on September 26, 2021.
Project: Stade de Luxembourg
Architects: gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Design Team: Volkwin Marg with Christian Hoffmann and Jörg Greuel, and Roman Hepp
Associate Architects: Beng Architectes Associés.
Client: Ville de Luxembourg, Direction de l‘Architecte, Service Bâtiments
Project Management: Paul Wurth Geprolux SA.
Structural Engineers: Paul Wurth Geprolux SA.
Media Technology: Paul Wurth Geprolux SA.
Photographers: Marcus Bredt