Malabo Stadium: between the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer

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• Architect
• Client
BOUYGUES International
• Consulting engineer
• Fabrication/Installation

  • • Serge Ferrari composite material
    > Précontraint 1502 Fluotop T2

  • The presence of Serge Ferrari composite membranes at the Malabo sports complex, which was used for the Africa Cup of Nations 2012, once again demonstrates their strength and durability qualities in a hot, humid equatorial climatic environment.

    With a capacity of 12,500 seats, the stands at the Malabo stadium have been covered (since 2007) with 11,000 m2 of Précontraint 1502 T2 composite material. The double curvature panels are bow-tensioned and laced in large channels to cantilevered beams.

    Difficult climatic conditions
    With a mean temperature of 27°C and heavy rains between 2,000 and 2,500 mm/year in Malabo, the structure is severely tested. For this reason, the client opted for the Fluotop T2 surface treatment, a unique concept resistant to adverse conditions. Resistance to microorganism growth, bio-deterioration, UV rays and aging, all of which have been measured after more than 10 years on major structures in Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur, prove the membrane long-term aesthetic durability under extreme atmospheric conditions.
    It should be noted that, since 2009, this membrane has also been implemented for presidential canopies, the stadium’s main entrance and the new indoor swimming pool.

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