Inzell Speed Skating Stadium / Behnisch Architekten + Pohl Architekten

  • 16 Aug 2013
  • Selected Works Sports Architecture
© Meike Hansen

Architects: Behnisch Architekten, Pohl Architekten
Location: Reichenhaller Straße 79, 83334 ,
Behnisch Architekten Team: Stefan Behnisch (Partner), Robert Hösle (Partner), Andreas Leupold (Projektleiter), Connie Wust, Wyly Brown, Roxanne Reusse, Andreas Peyker, Jonathan Fahy
Pohl Architekten Team: Göran Pohl (Partner), Julia Pohl (Partner, Pro- jektleiter), Falk Krüger, Anja Klein
Client: Gemeinde Inzell
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Meike Hansen, David Matthiesen

© Meike Hansen

From the architect. The Bavarian town of Inzell hosted the World Single Distant Speed Skating Championships 2011. To create the world-class competition conditions required for this event, the existing outdoor speed-skating track was upgraded through the construction of a high-performance intelligent roof structure. This improved arena can accommodate up to 7,000 spectators and offers maximum flexibility for large scale world class competitions as well as regular seasonal speed-skating training.

© David Matthiesen

The 200 meter long and 90 meter wide arena was planned as an independent wide-span structure, free of interior columns. The athletes and spectators can enjoy panoramic views of the Bavarian Alps through the continuous glass facade which stands as a transparent band between the cloud-like roof and the concrete grandstands that flow into the landscape. At the same time, passers-by can look into the stadium interior and catch a glimpse of daily activities.

© Meike Hansen

The roof itself embodies a precisely designed interior climate concept that ensures optimized energetic, economic, and sustainable operation of the ice track on a daily basis. On the underside the roof is fitted with a “Low-E” membrane stretched between the lower cords of the ten-meter high timber and steel trusses. The function of this engineered fabric is to reflect the ice’s own cold thermal radiation back onto the speed track, thus maintaining the low temperature of the ice surface. Simultaneously, this membrane maximises the quantity of diffuse daylight that streams into the stadium through the roof’s seventeen large north-facing skylights.

Roof Diagram

A number of existing support buildings were also upgraded in order to integrate them into the arena’s overall concept of optimum energetic performance. They accommodate offices for the stadium director and the training staff, as well as workshops and spaces for the ice maintenance equipment. The major technical plants and extensive changing rooms are discretely located below the entrance concourse at the level of the ice field.

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Cite: "Inzell Speed Skating Stadium / Behnisch Architekten + Pohl Architekten" 16 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Croco Dile

    The idea of the roof seems to be a complete failure. Otherwise they won’t need so much electric light during the day as those fotos show.