Cape Town Stadium Roof
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Completion Date: October, 2009
Size: 104,000 sqm
Fabric: PVC Mesh
The Cape Town Stadium Roof is a unique combination of steel, cables, PVC mesh and glass forms. The structure’s sleek lightweight tensile roof, provides an essential aesthetic and functional component of the athletic facility.
Cape Town Stadium’s abstract, linear design and flat roof shape emulates the surrounding Cape Town landscape, complementing the mountainous terrain rather than detracting from it. A unique combination of steel, cables, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) mesh and glass forms the structure’s sleek tensile roof, an essential aesthetic and functional component of the athletic facility.
Shaped like a large undulating bicycle wheel, the roof features 104,000 square metres of translucent PVC mesh liner, creating a veil-like effect intended to parallel the surrounding mountains’ misty atmosphere.
As an integral part of Cape Town Stadium’s design, engineering and construction, Taiyo Kogyo Group company, Birdair, along with input from MakMax Australia, was involved in the project as of roofing sub-contractor for the 68,000-seat, six-level stadium, completed in 2009 ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In addition to constructing the roof, Birdair also erected 1,600 metric tonnes of perimeter compression ring steel on the facility.