"Black Sea Arena" Georgia


1st prize in competition 2007 - Completion pf buildings in 2016 / final completion in 2017

Nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2019
German Design Award 2020 Winner - German Design Council

An open-air concert venue was erected on the shores of the Black Sea, which should also provide basic protection from wind, sun and rain for the audience. Rising and circular grandstands focus on the large stage like in a classical theater. Lobbies, VIP zones, 4 cinemas and necessary secondary and technical rooms are organized underneath the grandstands. A separate, U-shaped building with 6 stories was placed behind the stage, accomodating the back-stage area, a cafeteria, dressing rooms and offices of the administration. The large steel roof and the surrounding translucent and back-lit louvers turn the Black Sea Arena into a distinct and widely visible structure. The roof above the audience is retractable and all louvers can rotate, providing a high adaptability to different needs and situations. The Black Sea arena can remain calm and unobstrusive within its surroundings, but it can easily open up for events and welcome its visitors. Additional technical facilities, like a large warehouse, a fire station, power supply and water treatment plant, were all accomodated in a detached service building. The entire landscape design including master plan and infrastructure for the site were part of the overall planning process with an extension of the parking area built in 2017.

Client Association ATU, Tiflis, Georgia // General Planning DREI ARCHITEKTEN, Stuttgart // Project Controlling Sebastian Haffner // Project Management Christian Vogel // Team Rainer Streule, Julia Roth, Anne Will, Steffen Folk, Jochen Kretschmer, Paul Moor // Landscape Architects Köber Landschaftsarchitektur, Stuttgart // Site Supervision Association ATU, Tiflis, Georgia // Structural Engineers: Conceptional and execution design steel and concrete construction: Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, sbp, Stuttgart - Conceptional and execution design convertible facade: Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, sbp, Stuttgart - Execution design convertible membrane roof: Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, sbp, Stuttgart (not executed) - Design alternative moveable steel roof: Elita Burji // Geology Vees und Partner, Leinfelden-Echterdingen // Aerodynamik Wacker Ingenieure, Birkenfeld // Mechanical Engineers Schreiber Ingenieure Gebäudetechnik GmbH, Ulm // Electrical Engineers GBI Gackstatter GmbH, Stuttgart // Stage Engineers MK Veranstaltungstechnik, Welzheim // Physical Acoustics Krämer + Stegmaier, Berlin // Building Physics GN Bauphysik, Stuttgart // Traffic Planning Planungsbüro StadtVerkehr Schönfuss, Leinfelden-Echterdingen // Hydrology Ingenieurbüro Bürkle, Göppingen // Fire Protection Halfkann + Kirchner, Frankfurt / Martin Engel, Rothenburg // Fire Station Equipment FWT Fachplanungsbüro Walter Gödl, Sulzbach // Fountains Hedisa Haustechnik, Stuttgart // Signage System Büro für Gestaltung Wangler + Abele, München // Photographer Zooey Braun

GFA 24,500 square meter