Reconstruction of the Allmend Athletics Stadium in Lucerne with ArcelorMittal roofing and cladding solution

In the course of the reconstruction of the Allmend sports facilities in the Swiss town of Lucerne, a new stand for the its athletics stadium was built. Architecturally, the installation is integrated into its new surroundings and clad with trapezoidal steel profiles by ArcelorMittal.

Detailed information

The old Allmend football stadium, home of FC Lucerne since 1934, was demolished in 2009 for safety reasons and was replaced by a highly modern sports campus. This complex includes a new multi-purpose stadium, a new stand for the outdoor track and field athletics stadium, a sports building with indoor pool and fitness centre, two trefoil-shaped residential towers, various installations for other sports, and extensive green spaces.

This new complex, designed by local architects Daniele Marques and Iwan Bühler, is characterised by its delicate architecture and soft shapes. The different constructive volumes, conceived mainly without sharp edges, determine the outdoor area in order to be conceived as a coherent space.

Lucerne's outdoor athletics stadium, a 400 m round track, is located at the east of the stadium. The track was repaired - only the main stands were demolished in the course of the reconstruction project. The town of Lucerne commissioned the construction of new, modern stands for the athletics outdoor field right next to the new multi-purpose stadium. In order to integrate the stands into the surrounding architectural complex, the same architectural style, materials, and colours were used.

ArcelorMittal involvement

The roof and facade cladding of the new stand for the outdoor athletics stadium was realised with trapezoidal steel profiles of the type 44/180, supplied by ArcelorMittal Construction Switzerland. The profiles are coilcoated on both sides with Hairexcel® (60 μm) in the same golden shade as the rest of the buildings in the sports complex.

The new main stands offers 1950 covered seats, almost doubling the capacity of the previous stands. In its interior, there is an 80 m running track with four lanes including a long jump pit and a box for pole vaulters in addition to various rooms for storage. The club and training rooms of the Lucerne track and field athletics club are located on the ground floor of the new stadium.

The stand has been operative since summer 2011. It was opened shortly before the official inauguration of the new multi-purpose Swissporarena Stadium which was celebrated in September 2011. The two residential towers and the sports building with indoor pool and fitness centre were opened in 2012.

Project information

  • Lucerne
  • Switzerland
  • 2010-2011
  • Architect: 
    Collaboration: Daniele Marques & Iwan Bühler
  • Client: 
    Town of Lucerne
  • Contractor:
    Covra Metallbau (roof & facade)
  • Photos: 
    ©ArcelorMittal Construction Switzerland