The Bunyodkor Stadium is a striking visual icon, a beaming beacon welcoming Uzbekistan’s bright future.

Client: KQB Bunyodkor, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Completed: 2012
Architect: GMP · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Structural Engineering: Werner Sobek Group, IF-Group
Roofing Engineering: IF-Group
Membrane Area: 32,000 m²
Membrane Material: PVC Coated Polyester (Valmex FR 1000 Mehatop F Typ III)
Scope of Work: Workshop Drawings, Membrane Installation, Specialized Membrane Attachment Fabrication

Bunyodkor has a rich cultural history as a crossroads of the Silk Road, and building a new soccer stadium was an opportunity to present a modern Uzbekistan to the world. Regional challenges with supply and an extremely tight deadline meant that the original membrane design needed to undergo a major evolution in order to be ready in time for the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Tensile Evolution’s Horst Dürr* developed an innovative modular installation method to meet the time limitations of the project.  Delivering this highly specialized work in a short amount of time maintained the intent of the project and allowed it to be finished on time. Today the membrane façade and roof of this radical stadium stands out as an evolution of the yurt building tradition of Uzbek herders, representing how far the Uzbek nation has grown while still maintaining its cultural roots.

*Previously of IF-Group