The lighting provider behind Abu Dhabi’s Porsche showroom has started working on Allianz Arena, the home stadium of football club Germany FC Bayern Munchen, also known as Bayern Munich. The interiors of the stadium will be retrofitted by Zumtobel Group, which will complete the project in 2019.

Project implementation began at the start of the 2018/19 football season, and includes project management and recording of the roof structure, in addition to producing, delivering, installing, and commissioning the systems.

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As part of the project’s first phase, the inner ring of the roof – with a circumference of 370m and installation of height of 50m above the lawn – will be fitted with coloured LED strips, and the radially arranged joints in the roof area will be retrofitted with coloured LED lines. All LED strips will light up in shades that fall in the RGB colour model, as well as white. Lighting in the stadium’s cascading stairways will be replaced in the next phase of the project.

The initial installation consists of fluorescent lamp-fitted lights from 2005, and this will be replaced by LED lights branded as Zumtobel Slotlight Infinity IP54.

In Phase 3 of the project, scheduled for 2020, the ‘balloon lights’ on the esplanade in the stadium’s outer area will be replaced with a system that is currently being developed by various stakeholders.

Allianz Arena was designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, and welcomes 3.5 million visitors per year.

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Commenting on the project, Alfred Felder, chief executive officer of Zumtobel Group, said: “We are proud to have the opportunity as the lighting partner of FC Bayern to present one of the world’s most modern stadiums in a new way with our lighting solutions in the inside and outside areas.

“Translating the specifications and ideas of the architect and the light designer into tangible products was a major challenge, which we were able to meet thanks to our expertise in stadium lighting and as a full-range supplier. We are pleased to see the Allianz Arena shine in a new light.”

Andreas Jung, FC Bayern Munchen’s executive board member, added: “Allianz Arena has been a football temple and a venue for events since its opening in 2005.

“The new extensive effect lighting brings an additional emotional component into play for the visitors.”

In addition to its work on the Porsche showroom in Abu Dhabi, Zumtobel’s regional portfolio includes North African restaurant Almaz by Momo’ at The Beach in Jumeirah Beach Residence, and the offices of tech firm Symantec, in Dubai. The company has also worked on the offices of Abu Dhabi Investment Council in the UAE – known as Al Bahar Towers – with Aedas as the architect, Arup as consultant, and BK Gulf as the electrical installer.