Real Madrid Assembles All-Star Cast of Architects to Go Head to Head

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid. One of three all-star teams will win the opportunity to renovate this stadium. Photo via Flickr CC User Madrid2011jmj

The Challenge: Convert Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium into “an architectural icon for Madrid and an internationally-recognized exemplar of sports infrastructure.

The Contenders: Three teams, each made up of two all-star firms (one Spanish, one not).

The first all-star pairing? Herzog and de Meuron with Rafael Moneo

Find out which other famous Architects are the competition, after the break.

Team Prestige

Left, VitraHaus, by Herzog & de Meuron. Photo by , © . Right, Kursaal Convention Centre, by . Photo via Flickr CC User popihmt.

Herzog and de Meuron, Pritzker Prize winners known for London’s Tate Modern, the uncanny VitraHaus, and the Beijing Olympics’ “Bird’s Nest” Stadium, paired with Rafael Moneo, winner of the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award and the Pritzker Prize, best known for his constructions in the US and in his native Spain, such as L’Auditori and the Kursaal Convention Centre.

Team Innovate

Left, the Swiss Re Building (a.k.a. The Gherkin), by Foster + Partners. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Aurelien Guichard. Right, Rey Juan Carlos Hospital, designed by Rafael de la Hoz. Photo © Alfonso Quiroga.

Norman Foster, Pritzker/Stirling/Prince of Asturias winner and architect of the HSBC Building and the Swiss Re (a.k.a. the”Gherkin”), with Rafael de La-Hoz, Spanish urban planner & architect of many ArchDaily favorites, including the Rey Juan Carlos Hospital in Madrid.  

Team Sport Savvy

Top, Soccer City Stadium, by Populous for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Below, the Ronda Building, designed by . Photo © Daniel Schafer.

Populous, an architecture firm renowned for its sports architecture, having worked on everything from Yankee Stadium to London’s 2012 Olympic Stadium, with Estudio Lamela, one of Spain’s largest firms, known for their sports and eco-conscious projects, such as the colorful Ronda Building.

Each of the teams have until September 15th to get their Proposals in…so we’ll keep you posted on the results.

Which team do you think will get the bid? Let us know in the comments below.

Story via Arquitectura Viva



Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Real Madrid Assembles All-Star Cast of Architects to Go Head to Head" 10 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • Mosby

    Where’s ARUP?????
    Think my money is on Herzog & de Meuron

  • mike

    It´s like a tv show