Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Grand Stade de Lille Métropole in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Boulevard de Tournai, France by Valode & Pistre + Pierre Ferret
June 11th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Ulrike Zornow
Grand Stade Lille Métropole – IMAGIC WEAVE® transparent media façade made from 2045 m² of HAVER & BOECKER architectural wire mesh
Nowadays, the demand on modern stadium architecture is becoming increasingly complex. Besides flexibility and a comfortable spectator experience, the aesthetic and multifunctional ability of a stadium are also major design factors. Excitement within the stadium should be transferred to the outside via media facades. One of the most advanced multi-purpose stadiums that meets these demands par excellence is the Grand Stade Lille Métropole. This innovative building is clad with IMAGIC WEAVE® transparent media facade by HAVER & BOECKER. There are three different areas of varying resolution, each providing the optimum requirement for playing the media required.
Located on the Boulevard de Tournai in Lille, France this magnificent stadium was completed in summer 2012. The unique design is by architects Valode & Pistre and Pierre Ferret, who are renowned for their expertise and the quality of their projects.
Wire mesh façade
For this extraordinary stadium, the architect wanted the external view to be as exciting and distinctive as the inside. The elliptical main façade of the Grand Stade Lille Métropole is covered with 2046 m² of architectural wire mesh manufactured by HAVER & BOECKER. The chosen weave type DOGLA-TRIO 1030 is not only functional but also aesthetically attractive. During the day the semi-transparent surface of the stainless steel wire mesh creates an elegantly gleaming appearance in the sunshine.
The concept of the architectural team of Valode & Pistre and Pierre Ferret was to create a façade that in one moment fascinates with its elegance and clarity, and in the next brings the stadium to life through atmospheric light and colour. To realize this concept they set extremely high demands on the flexibility of the media façade system. IMAGIC WEAVE® transparent media façade by HAVER & BOECKER and Traxon Technologies – an Osram Business – met all these demands.
IMAGIC WEAVE® enables the creation of individually programmable lighting effects in up to 16 million colours, from simple graphics to live video coverage of sporting and cultural events. By attaching slim LED-profiles to the reverse side of the wire mesh a homogenous and transparent look of the façade is maintained at all times.
With a height of 20m and a length of 120m, the media façade has 70,000 pixels covering the entire surface of the external envelope. Within the whole facade there are three different resolution areas: a rectangular high-resolution screen for promotional videos; an elongated medium resolution “ticker” style screen, and a large background screen with a low resolution, which can be used for graphics or creating various lighting moods.
In total 4.3 km of powerful LED profiles were installed by abseilers to 2046 m² of architectural wire mesh. The installation of the LED and architectural wire mesh components, as well as the pre-installed power and control racks for the media façade, was carried out under the guidance of the HAVER & BOECKER technical team.
In a nearby control room the complex video control system is realized with an ecue lighting control server fx and 25 ecue Video Micro Converter. Using wireless technology it can simply and playfully be controlled using a Smartphone or tablet pc. All three areas of the media façade can be controlled separately using video content or can be used as single units for external representation.
IMAGIC WEAVE® transparent media façade converts the stadium area in front of the ticket counters into a multimedia attraction for fans, visitors and passers by.
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