Braga Municipal Stadium / Eduardo Souto de Moura

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The Braga Municipal Stadium located in Portugal was designed by 2011 Pritzker Prize winner .  The ceremony for the Pritzker Prize (which we attended) was held just a few short weeks ago in New York City.  Delivering a speech for the award winner, President Barack Obama spoke of Souto de Moura’s use of materials and attention to detail, specifically siting the Braga Municipal Stadium as “perhaps Eduardo’s most famous work” where he “took great care to position the stadium in such a way that anyone who couldn’t afford a ticket could watch the match from the surrounding hillside.”

Architects: Eduardo Souto de Moura
Location: Braga, Portugal
Project Year: 2003
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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The home for the Sporting Clube de Braga this stadium carves into the face of the adjacent Monte Castro quarry which overlooks the city of Braga.  Inspired by ancient South American Inca bridges the steel strings provide a visual connection to each stand on either side of the field. Each stand is covered by a canopy-style roof.  The Braga Municipal Stadium received the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award for best new global design in 2006.

© Leonardo Finotti

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Cite: "Braga Municipal Stadium / Eduardo Souto de Moura" 15 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=143195>
  • http://www.papodearquiteto.com Papo de Arquiteto

    Muito bom o projeto, o que achei interessante no texto foi ele ter deixado o estádio de tal forma que pra quem não pudesse pagar, visse também o jogo.

    Muito interessante…

    • Ana Maria

      lol, o que eu me ri quando o Obama disse isso! ahahaha
      mas isso não é verdade, não foi issa a intenção e ninguém vê o jogo de fora do estádio.

      Dear ArchDaily,

      “took great care to position the stadium in such a way that anyone who couldn’t afford a ticket could watch the match from the surrounding hillside.”

      I’ve no idea who you’re quoting (probably Obama) but that’s just not true. It was not intended that way and no one does that!

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  • mateo

    dear mr finotti, the photographer, nice pictures!
    did you take them by mobile?

  • John Park

    In the age when stadiums get covered with fancy doughnut shells, this is an unexpected masterpiece. Love this.