Sports City Stadium in Basra, Iraq
Designed by 360 Architecture (now HOK), the new Basrah Sport City Center is part of a larger complex that aims to boost the city as a sporting center in Arabia.
Zahner was brought in by the architects to create the perforated weathering steel vertical panels, surfaced in Solanum Steel, a Zahner product designed for architectural projects requiring a stable finish and patina with minimal staining of adjacent surfaces.
Time-lapse of the mockup being installed for the client visit at the Zahner Headquarters. The mockup was produced to test the subtle curvature of the panels, and to test the durability and stability of the pre-weathered steel surface.
In some circumstances, the Solanum Steel material can be sealed. This is often desired for trafficked environments where people will touch the surface. For interior applications of Solanum Steel, the material can be sealed with a clear coating to provide a softer touch. However, for exterior applications, it is recommended to leave the material unsealed. Sealing is not recommended for outdoor applications because the coating will require further maintenance over time, and may change appearance as the sealant interacts with the changing environmental conditions.