Plans for Cardiff’s iceberg-style arena unveiled
Plans for Cardiff’s new Ice Arena have been unveiled, reports Wales Online.
The proposed 2,500 seat arena has been designed to resemble a huge iceberg, with external cladding that reflects the “translucent and reflective qualities of ice” says World Interior Design Network.
The 4,000 square metre box-like structure will be finished in brilliant white, interspersed with shards of mirror and perforated with lights which indicate whether local ice hockey team, the Cardiff Devils, are playing a match at home or not.
Inside, the arena’s decoration will be in keeping with the theme of snow and ice, designed to look like a “fissured Antarctic ice cliff floating on a dark ocean” during the day – using a comprehensive light system to change and create an atmosphere depending on the event.
Mike Petrouis, managing director of building contractors, Planet Ice said to Wales Online: “You can’t even compare this arena with the temporary rink – except for the fact that they both have ice in the middle. For the fans it will make a huge difference.”
The arena will employ eight full time and 35 part time staff.
Construction on the site begins in late August and according to builders, Planet Ice, the work should take around 35 weeks to complete, in time for the 2012/13 Elite Ice Hockey League Season.