Smart control system makes stadium sparkle

National Stadium - Warsaw, Poland

Built to host the 2012 European Championship, National Stadium has captured the world’s attention. A first class venue and the pride of Poland, National Stadium has exceeded all expectations. The stadium’s façade is characterized by its semi-transparent white and red structural mesh panels, each slightly different from the other in shape, size, and mounted angle.


Category: Dynamic lighting
Technology/Services: Specialty Lighting
Year: 2012

This distinctive façade element’s architectural and visual integrity was preserved by concealing, in specially designed housing on 72 beams around the stadium, the more than 1,700 custom Traxon Liner Shield AC XB-36 red/white fixtures which illuminate the stadium’s exterior. The fixtures were customized with various beam angles and aimed precisely during installation to allow uniform illumination of the individual façade panels. Additionally, the fixtures consist only of red and neutral white LEDs—the colors of Poland’s flag--to enhance the rich saturation of the already red and white panels. National Stadium’s façade is controlled by e:cue Lighting Control Engines (LCEs) and Butlers, which interface with the stadium’s building management system. The intelligent control system transforms the static façade into a dynamic palette of sequenced shows of bold, moving patterns and graphical announcements. An additional 72 Wall Washer AC XB-36 Cold White installed atop 72 columns surrounding the venue, dim on and off as if there are sparkling stars floating above the stadium. The combined lighting effects echo one another under one control system and make the stadium a stunning centrepiece, which dominates Warsaw’s skyline and elevates excitement of world class events.

Project Partner

Client:Narodowe Centrum Sportu Sp.zoo.o.
Lighting Designer:Lichtvision
Architect:GMP Architekten / JSK Archetects
Installer:Elektrobudowa S.A.

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