Old vegetables make way for green pitch

Project: Ghelamco Arena, Ghent, Belgium

Architect: Bontink Architekture and Engineering, Ghent, Belgium

Engineering office: VK Engineering, Belgium

Steel construction: ASK Romein, Malle, Belgium

Building client: cvba Artevelde, Ghent, Belgium

Nemetschek brand involved: SCIA

Excellent infrastructure for cars and bikes

The KAA Gent soccer stadium is conveniently located at the turnpike of two main arterial highways on the site of Ghent’s old wholesale market hall. The exterior is dominated by an extensive glass front in iridescent blue, while inside the 20,000-spectator stadium it is the roof that catches one’s eye. The steel construction is impressive with its 58 steel lattice girders, each weighing 8 tons and extending almost 30 meters above the heads of the spectators.