Revamped Thialf Ice Arena wins Design Award

A project to rejuvenate the Thialf Ice Arena in Heerenveen in the Netherlands has been awarded the German Design Award by the German Design Council. The revamp project was designed by ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects and Day Creative Business Partners. The new appearance of the arena itself was worked on by ZJA, while Day created the overall vision for all spaces included in the project.

A pair of glass ‘arms’ are designed, according to the architects, to “embrace the stream of visitors,” while an interior promenade connects the various elements of the facility. Serving points and public meeting points connect with the promenade, while a glass wall has been designed to increase the interaction between athletes and the public.

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