How LANXESS pigments light up Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg
With space for nearly 89,000 spectators, it’s one of the world’s biggest soccer stadiums – the First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg, also known as Soccer City. After being extensively remodeled and redesigned for the 2010 World Cup, today it’s an arena for world-class soccer and a South African landmark. Why? Because the stadium’s shape and high-tech façade made of colored glass-fiber-reinforced concrete panels sets new standards in architecture.
The underlying idea echoes the look of the calabash gourd, a traditional pot that’s so typical in Africa. An intrinsic element of African culture, the vessel also symbolizes the melting pot of cultures Africa has represented since time immemorial. And then there’s the cladding’s color, which gives the unique structure its quintessential African flair. Made of 33,600 glass-fiber-reinforced concrete panels, it shines bright, thanks to Bayferrox® pigments from LANXESS, in the orange and brown hues of the African gourd.
Using LANXESS pigments to color the concrete has many advantages. By varying the amount and combination of the pigments used it’s possible to create a nearly infinite number of tones. And the colors don’t fade despite the harsh climate around the stadium. Strong winds and dust from the nearby gold mines create a sandblasting effect that a simple coat of paint wouldn’t withstand.