Resembling a giant piece of glowing amber, the PGE Arena in Gdańsk is one of the largest stadiums in Poland.
Construction started in 2008 and was completed mid-2011, and it was designed by RKW (Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky) Architektur + Städtebau from Düsseldorf, which has previously worked on stadiums in Gelsenkirchen and Hannover.
The 44,000 seat arena is the flagship venue of the Euro 2012, and its colour and shape is reminiscent of two elements that identify with the Polish port city of Gdańsk – Baltic amber and shipbuilding.
The filigree support structure resembles the hull of a ship, and the polycarbonate façade and roof make the design transparent and light, and gives it a glowing appearance.
The port of Gdańsk and amber, the “Baltic gold”, have traditionally been the city’s emblems. To combine both in a balanced design, the German architectural firm used six differently stained module variants for the exterior surface.
Their composition results in a colour effect which gives the structure the appearance of a gem polished by water, sand and wind.
The green spectator seats reflect the city’s allegiance to Polish division club Lechia Gdańsk which will make the new stadium its home ground after the Euro 2012. It will then also be used for concerts and other events.
The 236m long, 203m wide and 45m tall building has 2,000 square metres of space occupied by 40 VIP lounges as well as numerous restaurants, bars and shops.
All interior fittings are finished to the highest standards, with Grohe products specified for the sanitary facilities.
Sanitary rooms which will be visited by many people meant quality, longevity and ultra-low maintenance design were criteria in specifying the fittings.
A Grohe product such as the flexible Rapid SL installation system for WCs and urinals was one of the options. Rapid SL adjusts to varied site conditions. A single-piece connection to the water supply allows for “total-free” installation and means fewer sealing points.
The Grohe EasyConnect means a single plug-in hose connects the flushing plate with the flushing mechanism. To keep water consumption low and help conserve natural resources, the flushing volume can be reduced to 4.5 and 3 litres, respectively.
Grohe Whisper Technology prevents noise by separating the flushing system from the building structure. All these Grohe systems have been independently tested for safety in terms of their load-bearing properties and installation.
Three of the group-stage matches and one of the quarter finals will be played at the PGE (Polska Grupa Energetyczna) Arena between June 8-22, 2012.