Vienna, Austria 2008-2011

Erste Bank Arena, Halle 1. Foto: Berger+Parkkinen Architekten


CLIENT: Eissport Errichtungs-, Betriebs- und Management GmbH, Wien


Stadt Wien

Extension to Austria's most modern Ice Arena

In 2011, the former Albert Schultz ice rink presents itself as a state-of-the-art ice arena with three play areas and space for up to 7,000 visitors in the large ice hall. Austria's largest ice sports centre was renamed Erste Bank Arena in 2018. The growing number of visitors to ice hockey matches necessitated an increase in seating capacity. The existing seats were completely retained and were supplemented by new grandstands in the north and at the corners with an additional 2,296 seats to a capacity of 7,000 spectators. The main girder with its technical facilities and the entire southern half of the building were not affected by the conversion.

Erste Bank Arena. Photo: Berger+Parkkinen Architekten
Erste Bank Arena, Logo. Berger+Parkkinen Architekten

Inviting and transparent Architecture

The architecture of the Erste Bank Arena is inviting and transparent. The large supporting structures of the roofs seem to slightly span the halls and generously provide the space for a "promenade architecturale" with a sequence of views and insights into the three ice halls and the action on the ice slopes. The use of light, transparency, materiality and construction forms the continuous architectural guideline within which individual atmospheres for different areas were created. Thus, each of the three halls, as well as the restaurant, club area or VIP area, finds a clear expression and its own position in the whole.

Erste Bank Arena. Photo: Berger+Parkkinen Architekten
Erste Bank Arena, hall 1 with corner tribune. Photo: Berger+Parkkinen Architekten

Innovative Structure of the ERSTE BANK ARENA

With the choice of steel for the load-bearing structure and reinforced concrete prefabricated slabs, a short construction period and the logics of the connection of new and existing building parts were fulfilled. The roof cladding with its substructure was dismantled and the substructure was reused. The existing beams were loosened in the support of the large truss girder and adapted to the new support situation and installed in the new position. The façade construction was rebuilt due to the new geometry in the system of the existing building.

Erste Bank Arena, hall 1 with VIP area. Photo: Berger+Parkkinen Architekten
Erste Bank Arena, hall 1 with VIP area. Photo: Berger+Parkkinen Architekten


The VIP area was designed as a separate floor in the north stand. It contains 23 boxes for 220 guests. The boxes were furnished according to the wishes and ideas of the tenants. The sizes of the boxes, including the grandstand, range from 37 to 88 m² and each offer space for 7 to 28 guests. There is a short cut to the Golden Club below. The Golden Club with its 770 seats is located on the grandstands N1 and N2. During the breaks, club guests have their own lounge in the area of the north façade.

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