The indoor athletics arena in Hamburg-Winterhude was completed in 2006. The leading Hamburg-based architects Markovic Ronai Voss Architekten (MRLV) were commissioned to plan and execute the building project. This architecturally striking sports facility covers an area of 6,500 square metres and has a fully glazed multifunctional facade that combines thermal insulation, solar protection, anti-glare and ball-impact safety systems under one roof. Originally conceived purely as a training arena, it is regularly used for competitions as well today, the German Indoor Athletics Championships in January 2009 being one example. Polytan M sports surfaces provide optimal conditions for preparing and competing. These include a 200m circular track with four lanes and banked curves, a 60m section with eight lanes and a long, straight sprinting track outside the circular track for 100m races and 110m hurdles.