Tata Steel scores with a cool makeover for Ice Hockey arena
Can you guess what this jagged building is used for? With a glossy, seemingly-slippery façade, it could only be something really cool.
Welcome to the Ondrej Nepela Arena, the home of ice hockey in Bratislava and the venue of the International Ice Hockey Federation 2011 World Championship.
Completely remodelled on the historic site of what was Slovakia’s oldest ice hockey stadium, construction of the new arena took over two years to complete, taking its capacity to over 10,000 seats.
Who said a building which looks like an iceberg couldn’t be cool?
State-of-the-art scoreboard and game presentation systems ensure spectators are fully encased in the experience whilst the rugged, ice-clear cut of the building perfectly matches its purpose, with panels of steel and glass reflecting shimmering light like a giant glacier.
This distinctive and stunning exterior design was achieved through the use of a modular façade system, Qbiss One by Trimo, finished off with Colorcoat Prisma® pre-finished steel by Tata Steel in metallic Zeus, creating the perfect palette and solution which was easily configured to the complex, angular design.
Steel and glass panels give a distinctive and stunning exterior design
But there’s no danger of this building losing its cool. Not only does every panel of Colorcoat Prisma® from Tata Steel offer superior colour retention and corrosive resistance, enabling it to withstand the harsh elements, it has the reassurance of the Colorcoat® market-leading Confidex® guarantee of 30 years for metallic colours – with no maintenance or inspections needed to keep the guarantee valid.
Ice, Ice Baby – Brilliant building scores for Ice Hockey sport
It’s a stunning design built to last and one that’s bound to give faceoff-fanatics a chilly thrill every time they take their seats.