Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium is a 25,000 seat stadium built in Al Ain, U.A.E. Thornton Tomasetti provided structural and skin design services stadium, for which most of the structural and facade modeling was done in Rhino and Grasshopper. During the schematic design phase the rain screen, then designed in GFRC, featured 480 unique panels, which ought to be created from individual molds. CORE studio assisted the building skin team in the rationalization of the panels, aiming to reduce the 480 unique panel shapes down to a manageable 50 individual mold shapes by grouping similar panels. We wrote a custom mold search algorithm that helped the design team to control the quantity of molds needed to panelize the facade, while modifying driving parameters that describe the panel geometries. The tool automatically grouped, color coded and laid out the panels, and helped understand cost implications of the various design iterations.

See Thornton Tomasetti’s blog post from its opening day here.

CORE studio Services: Geometric Rationalization
Thornton Tomasetti Practices: Structural Engineering, Fa├žade Engineering
Thornton Tomasetti Project Page: Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
Project Team: Pattern Design Limited
Location: Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates