Ice rink
Leeuwarden (NL)

Ice rink
Leuwaarden (NL)

Ice rink
made of wood

The ice rink in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden was completed in 2015, just in time for the skating season. DERIX supplied 64 arch trusses, each 22 metres long, for the supporting structure on behalf of Bouwcombinatie Elfstedenhal. The building includes a 400 meter long ice rink, a field in the middle and an additional, separate field. There are also changing rooms, a restaurant, a reception, technical rooms, offices and meeting rooms.

Leeuwarden Ice Rink
at a glance

Fast production
due to wedge zinc connections

The ice rink in Leeuwarden is a steel construction combined with concrete floors and wooden frame elements. The 400‑meter ice rink is surrounded by 64 arched spruce trusses and is reminiscent of an old ice rink hall. The finger-jointing allowed the trusses to be manufactured in one piece, so that the assembly could be completed within six days.
Building project Ice rink Leeuwarden, Fryslânplein 1, 8914 BZ Leeuwarden, Niederlande
Construction 64 arched spruce trusses, each 22 meters long
Completion November 2015
Volume of the wooden components 345 m3
Stored CO2 263 tCO2
Avoided CO2 316 tCO2
Regrowth speed in german forests 10 minutes
Building owner Municipality of Leeuwarden
Architects Coöperatie GEAR Leeuwarden (, Achterbosch Zantman architecten Leeuwarden,

TWA Architecten Burdaard,

General contractor Bouwcombinatie Elfstedenhal – Boouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma Bolsward/Dokkum ( und Jorritsma Bouw Almere
Pre-assembly of the steel parts to the half frames DERIX-Group
Manufacture and delivery of the wooden elements DERIX-Group

Leeuwarden ice rink
in all its dimensions

Discover the Leeuwarden ice rink in our CAD model with all details and from all perspectives. Connection details and junctions are shown as examples and highlighted in red.

The advantages of wood
in the Leeuwarden ice rink

Thanks to the wood used, the ice rink is particularly sustainable and energy-efficient. Furthermore, the construction method with wood in this project created the best ratio between cost and quality. Visually, the traditional Elfsteden feel was optimally underlined with the wooden arches.


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