Ukraine, Kiev 

Olympic Stadium, Kiev


Consultancy 2008
Design Volkwin Marg with Christian Hoffmann and Marek Nowak
Project leader Martin Bleckmann, Roman Hepp
Staff (design) Michael König, Christoph Salentin, Olaf Peters, Heiko Faber, Sebastian Möller, Roman Hepp
Staff (execution) Roman Hepp, Andreas Wietheger, Clemens Dost, Christiane Wermers, Jonathan Gerlach, Anke Appel, Irina Stoyanova, Franz Lensing, Jan Philipp Weber, Dominik Heizmann, Sebastian Hilke, Irina Bohlender
Co-operation with Personal Creative Architectural Bureau Y. Serjogin
Structural concept and design roof schlaich bergermann und partner – Knut Göppert with Markus Balz and Thomas Moschner
Structural engineering Kempen Krause Ingenieurgesellschaft
Technical equipment b.i.g. Bechtold Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH
Lichtplanung Conceptlicht
Landscape design St raum a.-Gesellschaft von Landschaftsarchitekten mbH
Client National Sport Complex "Olympiysky"
Seats 68,000
Construction period 2008-2011



Marcus Bredt

On the occasion of the UEFA European Football Championships in 2012, which Ukraine is staging jointly with Poland, the rebuilding of the Olympic Stadium for the final game has been realized.

The new design for the reconstruction of the stadium respects the historic fabric with its important filigree prestressed concrete upper tier built in 1968, the frame of the new roof structure being detached and placed clear of the existing bowl. This most distinctive feature is therefore being encased in a new filigree glass façade and will be duly illuminated with appropriate lighting. The plinth structure of 1948 arising from the location of the stadium on a slope at the West End also was rebuilt in a different guise during reconstruction. The geometry of the lower part of the stand was completely redesigned and updated in accordance with safety requirements. Particularly at the west end of the stadium, beneath the main stand, extensive premises were constructed for players, VIP guests and press representatives. After the conclusion of the European Football Championships in 2012, an athletics track will be inserted, enhancing the functionality of the stadium. When the glazed structure of the stadium is illuminated at night, it is an urban landmark in the cityscape of downtown Kiev. The interior of the stadium, with seats for around 68,000 people, gains an individual, unmistakable identity with a membrane roof structure incorporating air supports and domes of light.

The new stadium was inaugurated on 8th October 2011, the first international match after the opening was held between Ukraine and Germany on 11th November 2011.