Tele2 Arena

Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena is one of the world’s most advanced international stadiums. A hybrid between an outdoor stadium and indoor arena, Tele2 was designed to give all guests a premium experience in an exhilarating environment with exceptional environmental credentials, while spurring the regeneration of Johanneshov.

World-class stadium design

Following a decade of design and planning involvement, the Tele2 Arena opened in 2013 as brand new international stadium for Stockholm.  With fixed seating for 30,000 people, the arena can accommodate another 2,000 seats for football and over 40,000 guests for concerts. The greatest challenge was designing an arena of this size and gravitas on the earmarked site – the site was too small. This site constraint guided the design, and a building was conceived that widened towards the top; very different to the traditional stadium. This was one of many surprising architectural and construction engineering solutions applied. Soon after inauguration, the stadium was awarded the 2014 Arena of the Year accolade.

Based on the vision of a sustainable stadium for all, Tele2 Arena is one of the world’s most accessible venues

Client: Stockholm Globe Arenas (SGA)
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Status: Completed 2013
Capacity: 45,000 – concerts, 30,000 – sport
Awards: 2014 Arena of the Year
Environmental certification: Miljöbyggnad Guld
Visuals: White Arkitekter, Åke E:son Lindman,Thomas Zaar

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The vision for this project has revolved around Nordic light, transparency and democracy. These Scandinavian design values have been the driving force behind the project.
Monica von Schmalensee, Project Architect, White

Open and accessible to all
The goal was to create an open arena where all are welcomed; this openness and simplicity has been reflected throughout the design and construction process. The sweeping metal basket-braid of the perforated façade lends transparency and light to the arena, inside and out. The façade conveys visual experiences in both directions; revealing the excitement and laughter within, while offering panoramic views outwards across the city from an elevated vantage point.

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I think the essence of the arena is the inside; it’s this massive space full of emotions and people – in a way, it’s so much more than just a space.
Fredrik Källström, Project Architect, White

Locally-sourced materials for a distinctly Scandinavian feel
Material choices leaned towards light and robust, and wherever possible, locally or regionally sourced. Using Scandinavian materials reduces the arena’s environmental impact, and also roots the building within a cultural context at a physical level. The balance between well-worked and unprocessed raw materials creates tension and contrast.

 

 

The sliding roof gives the building a great deal of flexibility; a football match can take place in rain while the spectators sit dry in their comfortable chairs. The roof consists of eight parts, assembled in groups of four, forming two halves. Closing the roof takes approximately 20 minutes. The arena is also designed to quickly accommodate the needs of different events; from an open-air football match, to a covered conference banquet. All chairs are interchangeable with a few simple grips. Tele2 Arena is UEFA / FIFA compliant and home ground for the Hammarby and Djurgården football clubs. It has also played host to a diverse range of international concerts; from The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, to Justin Timberlake and Avicii.

A premier league visitor experience
Circulation was a critical design consideration; large numbers of people need to enter and exit the arena without congestion. Generous surfaces and stairwells allow people to navigate the building with ease. It was important for every guest to enjoy a premium experience, irrespective of location; through considered viewing angles and acoustic design, visitors are able to see and hear from all areas of the arena. As half-time and interval refreshments are a key part of the visitor experience, Tele2 Arena has been equipped with possibly the world’s longest bar counter, running the entire circumference of the building through the public foyers. There are a number of bars and lounges throughout the building; the largest restaurant gives direct views and access to the arena. State-of-the-art Wi-Fi, 600 digital displays and StadiumVision technology support a superior visitor experience.

Healthy city additions
Tele2 Arena was a significant building that spurred the regeneration of the Johanneshov district. Environmentally conscious ways to get to and from the arena were promoted by improving connectivity to neighbouring areas. Visitors have the option to easily cycle or walk to the arena. Pedestrian connections to nearby subway stations were strengthened, while approximately 1,000 new bicycle parking spaces were added, contributing to Johanneshov’s urban development. The impact of Tele2 Arena on the locality was mapped through comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment; risk and safety, traffic, air quality and noise were assessed and findings incorporated into design. Tele2 Arena was awarded the Miljöbyggnad Guld environmental standard.

Meet the team

Fredrik Källström

Fredrik Källström

Architect

Stockholm

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Jesper Källgren
Magnus Croon
Raimo Joss
Monica von Schmalensee
Mats Anslöv
Elin Hammarsten
Björn Norén
Joacim Wahlström
Dirk Noack
Bengt Mührer
Jens Hansson
Björn Tegnell
Thomas Rudin
Eva Fabricius
Magdalena Franciskovic
Sofia Waernulf
Erik Eriksson
Robert Niziolek
Anders Bobert
Rosmari Johansson
Hampus Trotzig
Martin Edfelt
Nadja Odenhage
Lejla Cengic
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