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Libya National Stadium breaks ground in Tripoli

The groundbreaking ceremony for the National Stadium of Libya took place 26 February in Tajoura, Tripoli, in the presence of the Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Seidan, the German Ambassador, Christian Much, the football legend Franz Beckenbauer and Project Manager Hans-Joachim Paap from the project’s architect GMP.

The 71,000 stadium is one of the stadiums due to host the African Cup of Nations in 2017. Two venues are planned for the capital Tripoli. In addition to the National Stadium, the project includes an indoor pool, a multi-purpose arena and Family Sportsworld, a family sports facility. According to GMP, the complex, which is being built around a circular basin of approx. 500m diameter, is designed with a symbolism focusing on the number 3 in deference to the historic genius loci, as represented by the city’s name (tri-polis = city of three).

Project details (GMP)

  • Design: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff
  • Associate Partners: Hans-Joachim Paap, Jochen Köhn
  • Team members: Nikolai Reich, Martin Krebes, Barbara Düring, Torsten Weber
  • Structural design (outline design): Werner Sobek Ingenieure, Stuttgart
  • Structural design (scheme and detailed design): schlaich bergermann und partner, Stuttgart
  • Services engineering (outline design): Bechtold Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Berlin
  • Project commissioned by: Masterplan Libya, Tripolis, Kronberg
  • Client: Lidco – Libyan Investment and Development Co. Tripolis
  • General contractor: Porr Libya
  • Renderings credit: GMP