City Park Ice-Skating Rink
Category: Entertainment, Tourist Attraction
Created in the first half of the 19th century, Budapest’s City Park (Városliget) Ice Skating Rink is Central Europe’s biggest. In the summer, the facility is converted into a lake for boat rides, festivals and other events. The renovation of the 16,800 m2 ice-rink, the reception building and an unrestored wing of the old building, destroyed during WW2, prepared the facility for the 2012 European Speed Skating Championship. Extreme temperature differences (winter/summer, day/night) and the proximity of water to the concrete posed key challenges for the project.
PENETRON ADMIX was used to waterproof the public utility tunnels,4,000m3 of concrete exposed to about 1m of water on the lake side and 2.5-3.0m of ground water. The hairline cracks that developed during concrete hydration were completely sealed within days after ponding the slab.