For the Euro 2016 football championship, Saint-Etienne’s famous Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium underwent a major makeover featuring new facades made from Aluzinc® Florelis.
This unique steel coating offers a one-of-a-kind finish, specifically tailored for modern and contemporary structures. Aluzinc® Florelis adds the creative touch which transforms a building from unique to remarkable.
Nicknamed the ‘Cauldron’, the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium was built in 1930 in the English style (a rectangular shape with no corner stands) and quickly became an emblem of European football. To bring the stadium into the 21st Century, architectural firm Chaix & Morel and Associates has designed a new, semi-transparent facade which surrounds the stadium on four sides.
Made from ribbed and perforated steel sheets, the design allows light to filter through the facade. To ensure that the Cauldron’s mythical, unique and original look is maintained, the rough and angular character of the stadium has been kept. At the same time its image has been enhanced with the natural sheen of Aluzinc® Florelis supplied by ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products’ mill in Dudelange (Luxembourg).
Made by ArcelorMittal Construction (France), the facades are clad with Aluzinc® Florelis and feature a perforated trapezoidal profile to improve the external appearance of the stadium during daylight. With its silvery aspect, Aluzinc® Florelis offers excellent heat and light reflectivity, and extended durability due to its thin, transparent surface layer of aluminium oxide.
The facade’s supporting structure (also supplied by ArcelorMittal Construction) is combined with square, stainless steel mirrors to produce a magical visual effect.
During the day, sunlight is reflected through the facades. At night the stadium seems to come to life as the stadium’s lighting creates opaque motifs on the facades. The use of the Aluzinc® Florelis metallic coating has created the innovative architectural expression sought by Léon Grosse, the company in charge of the renovation.
There are a multitude of applications for Aluzinc® Florelis in the construction industry. Whether it is a show facade, traditional or perforated cladding, solar shading, photovoltaic applications, or even interiors, Aluzinc® Florelis will make a dynamic impact on any project.
Commonly used for ‘show’ facades, Aluzinc® Florelis has an excellent reputation among leading European architects. It has already been specified by renowned architecture firms including Claude Vasconi, Jean Chabanne, Art & Build, and Jacques Ferrier.
The smooth, clean appearance of Aluzinc® Florelis and its extraordinary natural brightness, offer significant advantages and allows architects to stretch their imagination. Aluzinc® Florelis is suitable for both internal and external applications. Built examples include a school in Cavaillon (France), the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse (France), the FIRA 2000 Centre in Barcelona (Spain), a new hangar at Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport (Poland), and the very modern Jauréguiberry Sport Hall in Toulon (France).
ArcelorMittal is so confident of Aluzinc® Florelis’ ability to withstand corrosion that we back the AZ185 coating with a 25-year guarantee against perforation! The combined effect of zinc and aluminium ensures that Aluzinc® Florelis performs better than steel sheet protected solely with pure zinc or aluminium. Our exceptional guarantee is another reason why Aluzinc® Florelis is now regarded as one of the most durable and contemporary metallic coating solutions.
The Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium in Saint-Etienne will shine out day and night thanks to its new Aluzinc® Florelis cladding.
Copyright images: AEL / Eddie Young / AACMA