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Following a decade of involvement with the project, White’s consistent aim has been to provide the populace with an inviting and accessible destination with visual transparency: unobstructed sight lines for spectators and, equally important, a physical presence that is open and welcoming. The perforated metal façade, in a distinctive wicker basket form, makes the interior visible from outside; and from inside, offers views of the surrounding city in all directions. In the changing light the façade shifts from a reflective mesh to become, at night, a lantern lit warmly from within. The Arena’s retractable roof gives it flexibility, while also increasing the sense of permeability and openness.


Tele2 Arena, in Stockholm’s Globe district, integrates adjacent large public areas along with the development of new commercial spaces, hotels and offices beside Söderstadion. With sustainability a priority, the building itself is green, and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been carried out to evaluate the arena’s impact on the environment. The Arena is environmentally classified according to the Miljöbyggnad Gold (Environmental building gold). Sustainability objectives also include proximity to public transport routes; the provision of bicycle parking spaces; upgrade of footpaths from nearby stations; and the specification of natural Swedish and Scandinavian construction materials, minimising transportation to reduce the environmental impact of the development.

Tele2 Arena

  • Client: SGA (Stockholm Globe Arenas)
  • Project Start/End: 2000-2012
  • Completed: 2013
  • City: Stockholm
  • Photographer/Illustrator: Åke E:son Lindman och Thomas Zaar
  • Capacity: 45.000 - concerts, 30.000 sports events
  • Environmental certification: Miljöbyggnad Guld / Environmental Building Gold


  • Venue of the Year Award 2014


  • Fredrik Källström - Lead Architect
  • Monica von Schmalensee - Lead Architect
  • Magnus Croon
  • Jesper Källgren
  • Raimo Joss
  • Mats Anslöv
  • Elin Hammarsten
  • Björn Norén
  • Joacim Wahlström
  • Dirk Noack
  • Bengt Mührer
  • Jens Hansson
  • Björn Tegnell
  • Thomas Rudin
  • Eva Fabricius
  • Magdalena Franciskovic
  • Sofia Waernulf
  • Erik Eriksson
  • Robert Niziolek
  • Anders Bobert
  • Rosmari Johansson
  • Hampus Trotzig

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