Schierker Feuerstein Arena is a historic ice stadium located at the foot of the Harz Mountains in the Schierke district, Wernigerode, Germany. It underwent some renovation conducted by GRAFT that finished the project in 2017.
The formerly natural ice stadium was renovated to a multi-functional arena where cultural and sports events can be held regardless of the weather conditions. The existing natural stone terraces and listed wooden referee tower were maintained in the new design, while administrations, sanitary facilities, changing rooms, gastronomy, and technical services were set in two functional buildings that complete the arena.
Included in the design plan, there’s a roof structure which is anchored in two points in order to protect the space from sunlight, rain, and snow as well as to reveal the view of the surrounding mountains and the sky.
The roof has that natural lightness and elegance that blends into the landscape. Its structure was created in collaboration with Schlaich Bergermann Partner and consists of a ring in steel construction.
In addition, because of the conversion measures, the arena also functions as a protected artificial ice rink in winter and a place for cultural events such as theater plays and concerts or sport and health events in the summertime.
There are two new buildings on the eastern and western side of the arena, housing the gastronomic range and other functional spaces.
Both buildings showcase the foundation blocks of the roof, visually blended with the structure. They also integrate into the topography, hence they appear as if it is a part of the landscape.