WARSAW – There’s just one week to go before the hotly anticipated Euro 2012 tournament kicks off at the new Polish National Stadium in Warsaw.
The dramatic, wicker basket-like city landmark has been specially constructed for the occasion by German architectural firm GMP. Built on the rubble of an old sports centre that had been abandoned in 1988, the new stadium is clearly visible from afar thanks to its translucent façade, made of expanded metal in Poland's national colours.
The supporting piers are visually dominant and give the structure a strongly technical profile, while contributing to its ‘woven’ appearance.
Arching staircases transport football fans to the stands where they can overlook the huge open space of the pitch, sheltered by a retractable spanned textile membrane instead of a roof.
Photos courtesy of Marcus Bredt