|Architect||Zwart & Jansma|
In The Netherlands, ice scating is not just a sports, it is a phenomenon that opens the hart. Scating contests are emotional events where large crowds are cheering the skaters up. Ice rinks at high altitude lead to faster speeds, giving Thialf, in a lowland area, a reason to increase their performance. This is the reason that from 1986 all the ice rinks have received a roof. After two years of renovation Thialf is now back to one of the fastest and most modern in the world.
The dynamics of approaching the ice arena have been intensified by showing the icy interior outside to the facade. Ice crystals shapes in the white facade made of flat composite panels and the glass areas offer that experience.
Photography by Roy Klompmaker