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.
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
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.