Itaipava Arena Pernambuco

  • Date
  • 2013
  • Location
  • Brazil, Recife
  • Size
  • 24,437 m²
  • Sector
  • Sport
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Facades
  • Architect
  • Fernandes Arquitetos Associados


Itaipava Arena Pernambuco designed by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados in Recife is home to the legendary Clube Náutico Capibaribe football team. Costing R$ 532 million, three World Cup Confederation Cup matches were held at the new stadium in 2013 and five Fifa World Cup matches in 2014. The project is expected to be transformed into a prosperous district called ‘Cidade da Copa’ (Cup City) covering 240 hectares by 2024, featuring shopping malls and resturants.


The visual design of the stadium intended to create a contrast between concrete features at ground level in the external corners and soft, light Texlon® ETFE façade sheltering the venue.


Boasting acoustic transparency and minimal support structure needs, Texlon® ETFE is an ideal enveloping choice for large scale buildings such as stadiums. The material is unique in that it is fully recyclable, self-cleansing, highly insulating and does not degrade under ultra-violet light. Equipped with systems of effective waste management, rain water collecting and solar power utilisation, the use of Texlon® ETFE compliments goals of sustainability and eco-efficiency for the prestigious arena.



Main Image: © Paulo Fischberg