Hess Furnishes the Euro 2012 Stadium in Donetsk with Outdoor Lighting

West European Design Aesthetics are in Demand

A West European firm was entrusted with the design and building of the five-star stadium with 50,000-spectator capacity. ArupSport, a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, who was responsible for the Allianz Arena in Munich and the Olympia Stadium in Beijing, received the contract. Donbass Arena has a distinctly West European architectural character and is situated in the middle of a 30-hectare (approx. 74 acres) city park near the centre of Donetsk. With its full-glazed façade and round form, the structure unobtrusively integrates into the newly landscaped grounds surrounding it. Shakhter Ltd., the stadium's management organisation contracted fagus GmbH, Fachgesellschaft für Umweltplanung und Stadtentwicklung, the landscape architect firm from Leipzig with the landscape design after fagus had won the competition.

Planers + Involved parties

Planning Office: ArupSport, London
landscape design: fagus GmbH, Leipzig, Dr. Gabriele Seelemann
Stadiongesellschaft Shakhter Ltd.
Photos: Lilyana Vynogradova / Jens Kalaene

"The Diamond of Donetsk"

fagus answered the client's request for a modern park with a design featuring clearly structured, expansively proportioned green areas and paved ways, extravagant water cascades and spacious gardens. "It was important to us to design the grounds with consistently reoccurring functional and symbolic associations to the architecture and the stadium's use," explains Dr. Gabriele Seelemann, landscape architect and managing director of fagus GmbH. For this reason, the landscape design included the planting of tall trees around the arena to mirror its oval-shaped form. Further contributing to the park's integration are perennial gardens, which the landscape architects carefully selected to correspond with the colours of the FC Shakthar football team, who calls Donbass Arena their home.

Lighting design concept

"To underscore the spaciousness of these entrance areas, we wanted homogeneous general lighting with as few poles as possible," explains Gabriele Seelemann one of the principal objectives of the outdoor lighting. In addition, the stadium's modern façade made luminaires with understatedly contemporary styling the best solution. The architects chose Vedo, a secondary reflector lighting system.

Secondary reflector technology

"With the slim, tapered pole, the compact primary unit and the flat secondary reflector suspended over the primary housing, the luminaire has a discreet appearance during the day," says Gabriele Seelemann. According to Seelemann, the Vedo luminaires provide pleasant, glare-free light that uniformly illuminates the spaces. Spectators pouring into the arena thus have an undisturbed view of stadium's floodlit blue-veiled appearance, the source of its nickname: "The Diamond of Donetsk."


The lighting's efficiency also impressed the client, remembers the landscape architect when she reflects on the presentation of the concept. Ten Vedo luminaires, fit with two bracket arms each and installed at 12-metre mounting height, handle the general lighting of the 250-metre long boulevard leading up to the south entrance. They are placed five to a side, where they are spaced 56 metres apart, and are 17 metres from each other on opposite sides of the boulevard. Each luminaire is fit with four 140-watt Cosmopolis lamps. And for the forecourt on the buildings west side, only four Vedo luminaires with single bracket arms are required, each configured with three Cosmopolis light sources. Other Vedo luminaires illuminate the stadium's nearby car park for media vehicles and open-air events.
The park received the International Public Environmental Award for its ecological design concept from the international environmental organisation Terra Viva.

Futher information

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