Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa
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The outer skin of the stadium is realised with glass fibre concrete. The shape refers to the calabash, a traditional African drinking vessel. The glassfibre concrete panel's natural colour shades and surface texture reflect the colours of the calabash fruit.
The total facade is divided in ten vertical sections. Their theoretical extension leads to the other World Cup arenas. The last section refers to the Olympic Arena in Berlin, where the final of the FIFA World Cup 2006 was hosted. It symbolises the bridge between Europe and the continent Africa.
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