One of the stadium’s most striking aspects is its 273m span arched roof which resembles the thatched roofs of traditional Korean houses. More than 70% of the roof is covered in Teflon (PTFE) glass membrane, allowing natural sunlight and optimal viewing for spectators as well as providing sufficient shelter.
Atkins was approached to provide technical input into the conceptual design for the roof structure. Working with architects Idea Image Institute, Atkins was then commissioned by Samsung Heavy Industries to undertake the detailed design of the stadium’s entire roof and supporting structure.
The roof design, which Atkins was involved in from conception through to detailed design, presented challenges such as the complex geometry of the roof structure. To overcome these issues, Atkins used 3D analysis and CAD modeling to provide a cleaner understanding of the behavior of the roof and resolve the interfaces between structural elements, as well as introduce a practical solution for the membrane covering.
The stadium was originally conceived as a host venue for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and has since played host to the 2003 Summer Universidade as well as regular sporting events, concerts and exhibitions.
Atkins is now applying its expertise in sporting venue design to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Atkins has designed several temporary venues for the Games across London, including the Beach Volleyball venue at Horse Guards Parade and the Equestrian Centre at Greenwich Park.