ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Football Stadium
  4. France
  5. Herzog & de Meuron
  6. 2015
  7. Matmut Atlantique Stadium / Herzog & de Meuron

Matmut Atlantique Stadium / Herzog & de Meuron

  • 05:00 - 21 May, 2015
Matmut Atlantique Stadium / Herzog & de Meuron
©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Francis Vigouroux ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan © Francis Vigouroux +9

  • Project Team

    Tobias Winkelmann (Associate, Project Director), Paul Vantieghem (Associate, Project Manager), Thomas de Vries (Associate, Project Manager) Farhad Ahmad (Visualisations), Alexandria Algard, Edyta Augustynowicz (Digital Technologies), Florian Becker, Aurélie Blanchard, Claire Clément, Arianna Conca, Corina Ebeling, Martin Erlandsson, Billy Guidoni, Yuko Himeno, Elisabeth Hinz, Marc Hölscher, Julia Jamrozik, Hamit Kaplan, Thorsten Kemper, Evert Klinkenberg, Solène Le Gallo, Christina Liao (Animations), Aron Lorincz (Visualisations), Donald Mak (Associate), David Palussiere, Kevin Peter, Yann Petter, Louis Putot, Susanna Rahm, Steffen Riegas (Digital Technologies), Christoph Röttinger (Associate), Amanda Hope Sachs Mangold, Katharina Schwiete, Günter Schwob (Workshop), Jan Skuratowski, Johannes Staudt, Ida Sze, Masato Takahashi, Raha Talebi, Miriam Waltz, Shuo Susan Wang, Romy Weber, Claudia Winkelmann, Mika Zacharias (Visualisations), Christian Zerreis
  • Design Consultant

    Herzog & de Meuron France SARL, Paris, France
  • Executive Architect

    Groupe 6, Grenoble, France
  • Electrical Engineering

    Egis Bâtiments Sud-Ouest, Toulouse, France
  • HVAC Engineering

    Egis Bâtiments Sud-Ouest, Toulouse, France
  • Landscape Design

    Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, Paris, France
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Egis Bâtiments Sud-Ouest, Toulouse, France
  • Plumbing Engineering

    Egis Bâtiments Sud-Ouest, Toulouse, France
  • Structural Engineering

    Cabinet Jaillet-Rouby, Orléans, France Structures Ile de France, Monrouge, France
  • Civil Engineering

    Ingerop, Courbevoie, France
  • Maintenance

    Vinci Facilities, Rueil Malmaison, France
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Mazet & Associés, Paris, France
© Francis Vigouroux
© Francis Vigouroux

From the architect. The new Bordeaux stadium appears light and open; it is elegant, if such a term can be used for a building of this size. Its purity and geometrical clarity inspires a sense of monumentality and gracefulness. One might be tempted to draw a comparison with a classical temple, but unlike the elevated plinth of a temple, the grand stairs of the stadium blur the boundaries between inside and outside. Countless columns standing on the stairs accompany the visitors on their way in and out of the stadium. The fusion of stairs and columns forms a gesture of openness and accessibility.  

©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Special attention was paid to the integration of the structure into the grand landscape of Bordeaux. The meticulous geometrical arrangement of bowl structure and columns reflects the pattern created by trees and paths in the surrounding landscape. This stadium is made for this specific place - an open, flat landscape in immediate proximity to the Bordeaux Exhibition Centre stretching along the lakefront. “Elegance" has become a depreciated term when describing architecture, but wrongly so when one looks at Bordeaux' urban and architectural legacy. We were never looking for inspiration in the historical part of Bordeaux with its breathtakingly beautiful buildings and monuments all made out of typical limestone. Much of what we perceive as elegance in Bordeaux results from its unity and homogeneity of scale and materiality and from its precision and purity of form. We could not copy this, but we certainly learned from it.

©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

A Bowl for 42'000 people

Seating a maximum of 42,000 people, the bowl embraces the game area, its geometry affording optimal visibility for all, along with the maximum flexibility in terms of capacity and usage. The stadium is multifunctional and conceived to welcome a rich and diversified program: not only rugby and soccer matches but also shows, concerts, and corporate events.

© Francis Vigouroux
© Francis Vigouroux

The bowl consists of two superposed tiers divided into four sectors and protected from the elements by the roof. The underside of the visually uniform roof guides the eye onto the playing field while allowing sunlight to pass through. Its structure does not show through on the inside of the stadium, to avoid distracting the spectators’ attention.

© Francis Vigouroux
© Francis Vigouroux

Raising the bowl above ground level is a compact base housing all the programmatic functions in a uniform and symmetrical volume. This plinth includes the VIP spaces evenly distributed east and west, and media areas adjacent to the spaces dedicated to players. The architectural simplicity and pure lines of the bowl and its base ensure smooth spectator flows and ease of orientation. 

©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Plinth, Bowl and Roof

The bowl rests on a plinth, covered by a sharp-edged rectangular roof. The choice of this pure and almost abstract form responds clearly and efficiently to the site’s natural conditions and to the main flow of spectators from east to west.

© Francis Vigouroux
© Francis Vigouroux

This white rectangle seems projected earthwards thanks to the multiplicity of slender columns that shower down. A ribbon of food stalls and restrooms undulates through this forest of columns, brought alive by the movement of the crowd. At once dense and light, this structure creates an evanescent rectangular volume from which the sculpted and organic outline of the bowl emerges.

© Francis Vigouroux
© Francis Vigouroux

This architectural concept gives a specific identity to the new Bordeaux stadium. The diaphanous volume opens up to the surrounding landscape while the grand stairs express openness and accessibility for everyone. Its transparency reveals all the energy and activities that will transform this piece of land into a new and vibrant part of Bordeaux.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Matmut Atlantique Stadium / Herzog & de Meuron" 21 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
Read comments


tsuyokame · July 03, 2015

Herzog & de Meuron has done it again. Would love to go there. Cannot wait for the new Stamford Bridge from them. The renderings shown to the public are marvelous so far. More of a solid, 'British' feel from brickwork -- like Tate Modern, than this airy, contemporary feel of Bx.

Croco Dile · May 21, 2015

Too much "architecture" and too little innovation.
Architects will love it, but the paying public should get more than this.
A huge gap to what Atlanta is considering :

Rb · November 29, 2016 10:11 AM

how is that better?

Daniel Yung Kyun Lee · May 26, 2015 08:54 AM

lol what a terrible and ugly design to make a comparison to.

matias · May 25, 2015 11:02 PM

such an awful building....typical amercican mentallity, too many things but totally empty, there is not comparison between this and H&de M stadium

Gamer · May 22, 2015 09:29 PM

The Falcon's stadium is just a tasteless piece of white trash.

John Delaney · May 22, 2015 04:47 PM

I am from Atlanta, I have been following the Falcons project from the inception. (Side note: my dad is a civil engineer in Atlanta and has also been involved in the project). I can say that although attention has been paid to the exterior "spectacle" with the moving roof thing, this whole project is driven by the current perceived lack of fan experience in NFL stadiums. The simple explanation is due to the long, stop-start-stop-start chess-board nature of Am. football, the advances of TV broadcasts, and the unruly behavior of fans, it is much more satisfying in the US to watch at home than go to the stadium. So the owners feel that they really need to pull out the stops to grab peoples' attention. This includes tv displays in the seat backs, rumble packs in the seats (!!!), bars, clubs, lounges, MASSIVE high-def screens, etc. The other consideration is, the owners get a ton of revenue from selling luxury suites as opposed to single seats, so the configuration of the stadium will differ immensely.

I mean personally I don't consider any of that necessary, I'm just giving some insight on the thought process. The good thing is, the new ATL stadium is built downtown right next to the current Georgia Dome and will have easy train and car access, they aren't moving to the f***ing suburbs like the Braves ;)

Arki · May 22, 2015 12:31 PM

oh, poor american with no culture! :(

Chalana · May 22, 2015 08:35 AM

your comment doesn't make any sense....What more should the public get in your opinion ? Good acces, beautiful design, seats close to the field, all protected by the roof, closed and compact stadium which amplifies the sound of the crowd, all this is not enough for you ? Well, It is for us ( I live in Bx and visited the stadium, it is amazing )

James M · May 21, 2015

So elegant. Hadid take note

John Delaney · May 21, 2015

Nice design, but I wish the stadium was more integrated into the fabric of the city, rather than separated as part of an exhibition/park/sports campus outside of the city proper. These sorts of complexes are really terrible in American cities - the best stadia blend in - White Hart Lane, Camden Yards, Petco Park, etc..Easier on infrastructure to be sure but less likely to be truly mixed-use / 24-7 facility. Also would have required a completely different design.

chalana · May 22, 2015 08:36 AM

You are right, but this is a political choice, not in the hands of the architects...


Comments are closed

Read comments
©  Iwan Baan

新波尔多体育场 / Herzog & de Meuron