The use of metallic mesh in stadium construction is a real success story. Indeed, important sporting venues throughout the world have enjoyed great success with this functional and visually striking material. The world’s leading technical weaving mill GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG from Düren, Germany, celebrated its Indian premiere with its first major project in the country. On the occasion of the Commonwealth Games 2010, a multifunctional stadium was created in the capital city of New Delhi as a venue for the table tennis and archery disciplines. With its shining façade made of stainless steel mesh, the stadium symbolises sport as a means for modern and sustainable human interaction
Alongside the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games are considered one of the most important sporting events among the participating countries. In 2010, the most populous of all Commonwealth countries hosted the Games for the first time and thereby had to overcome major infrastructure challenges. To this end, sporting venues were erected and expanded, and a dedicated Commonwealth Games Village was set up to provide accommodations for over 7,000 athletes and officials. In the Yamuna Stadium on the east side of New Delhi, top international athletes competed against one another in the table tennis discipline.
The visual impact of the stadium itself is also first class, with its mesh façade meeting a wide range of requirements. The shiny skin of the circular table tennis arena connects to the rectangular building complex for archery, creating a visually seamless surface. A total of around 2,500 square metres of Tigris stainless steel mesh, woven and preassembled by GKD India Ltd., allow a balanced interplay of reflection and transparency throughout the façade. In the evening, the stadium’s role as a modern architectural landmark becomes even more apparent through use of targeted lighting.
The functionality of the mesh is also worthy of a medal, as the stainless steel cladding with an open area of 53 percent shields spectators from the fierce subtropical climate and provides effective sun protection, thereby supporting the sustainable building concept of Peddle Thorb Architects from Melbourne, Australia.