The XX Winter Olympics were held in Turin in early 2006. As part of the games, a new ice hockey stadium was built. The design, by Arata Isozaki, Archa and Arup, won first place in an open competition in June 2002.
The design can accommodate up to 12,500 spectators during ice hockey games, with a maximum capacity of 17,500 for flexible post-Olympic use. The large structural roof spans and limited number of main supports mean that the stadium is suitable for a wide range of uses.
The services strategy for the building minimises energy demand and allows the climate and environment to be adapted to suit the many uses of the building, ranging from ice hockey to exhibitions and concerts.
The stainless steel facade, symbolising eternity, was chosen for being robust, long lasting and low maintenance.
This unique stainless façade is composed of glass 'window slots' – allowing natural light in the building and adding interest to the continuity of the stainless steel. During the Olympics, the windows were covered to provide professional ice hockey conditions.