promenade is the connecting element of all functions. During events,
all visitors can easily access all the stands via this promenade.
Serving points and public meeting places are located along the
promenade. A 400-meter long glass wall separates the promenade from the
competition area, with all areas overlooking the ice of Thialf. By
positioning all the facilities around the ice, top-level sport has been
given a central position and maximum interaction between top athletes,
recreational athletes and the public is stimulated. In this, the glass
wall determines the sports experience in the renewed Thialf.
promenade isolates the unpredictable outside weather from the
competition area and allows for a better control of the indoor climate
in Thialf. In the renewed Thialf moist air, brought in by wet coats, is
dispersed outside. This creates climate segregation by an air curtain
between the public and the competition area. Thialf has different
climate areas within the ice rink, stand and the promenade that can be
managed separately. These new climate areas are one of the key new
enhancements of the renewed Thialf.
Sustainable ice arena
is able to provide in its own energy needs, due to having 5000 solar
panels, the largest sunroof on a stadium in the Netherlands. In
addition, by making use of an underground heat and cold storage, a large
amount of energy is saved. The ice arena also makes use of energy
efficient LED lighting that produces little heat, and is extremely well
insulated, which all together provides a great energy saving. Thialf has
the intention to fully provide in its own energy needs in the near
For the design of Thialf, commissioned by Heddes Bouw
& Ontwikkeling, ZJA worked in close cooperation with the
construction consortium consisting of Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling,
Croonwolter&dros, Warmtebouw and Day Creative Business Partners.
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