Slovenia-based OFIS arhitekti shared with us their football stadium for FC Bate Borisov, of Belarus. Construction is expected to begin next year. More images and architect’s description after the break.
The stadium is going on site at the end of 2010 since opening is planned for 2012, when the City of Borisov celebrates a significant anniversary. Distribution of the program takes into account the natural advantages of location and existing interventions in the terrain and the fact that the stadium has 13.000 seats, has to obtain 4stars according to UEFA categorization and have additional 3.000m2 of public program. The stadium with external arrangements has to provide quality traffic organization and controlled / separate access during the match and in everyday use. Position also maintains the most of existing trees on the site.
The final aspect of the complex is a recognizable image of the dominant facility, placed in soft greenery. The stadium will have its own, distinctive modern character and will be based on environmental and user friendly approach. Stadium arena forms unified rounded dome impression of a single enclosed object. Despite its middle size has impression of large, dominant and powerful landmark. Internally, a rounded arena provides good acoustics and extroversive atmosphere during the game for both, players and fans. And during training time allows introverted concentration on the game.
The playing surface has N – S orientation, size of playground is 68x105m, size of area is 85x105m, between spaces allows enough space for the installation of the advertising screens, photographers and cameras. The seats are arranged around the playground in 17 rows along the long sides and of 27-28 rows along the short sides. West upper gallery is reserved for the press, east on for VIP. Under the west stand area there are 4 floors with extra program and service facilities, under the east side 3 floors and on west side 2 floors.
Foyer for visitors is on the first floor level and has 4 accesses by stairway with access control. Foyer is a covered plateau, naturally ventilated and unheated area. This is a place for a break during the half with the visitors’ toilets, bars (drinks and snacks), first-aid room and detention. The space extends all around the inner part of the stadium arena. Toilets and bars are designed as closed isolated heated boxes. 250 seats in the central upper part are reserved for VIP. Access is via elevator directly to the entrance area with option of car driveway.
VIP seats are designed to high standards and have the opportunity to link the smaller individual units rented by companies or groups. As part of the VIP stands are two separate rooms as bar or entertainment room during the break with sanitation. On the opposite side are press cabins and seats with tables for 40 journalists with direct access to the stairs to the press room and the mix zone. Separate access for soccer players is from the lower platform, with direct access for team buses and parking. On entry point to the field there are two dressing rooms, mix zone, a place for doping and physiotherapy. 3.000 m2 of public programme is distributed on zero level on the N, S and E. On eastern part restaurant and bowling are located.
The restaurant is used during the match as a VIP restaurant and a service elevator for catering serves, VIP lounge and the bar within the public foyer. On southern part are public fitness/gym studios. Other public area spaces are designed for various commercial activities. All the restaurants have individual access from the public platform. Around the stadium is rounded pedestrian square acting as a meeting area and also as a peripheral roundabout. Out of it parking pockets are organized hidden into the existing forest area. These pockets are in a time with no match used for skating, rollerblading, carting etc…
Architects: OFIS arhitekti Location: Borisov, Belarus Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Konstantine Bogoslavsky, Janez Martincic, Katja Aljaz, Janja Del Linz, Andrej Gregorič, Ana Kosi, Ieva Cicenaite, Grzegorz Ostrowski. Client: PC Bate and Government of Belarus Areas: 3,628 sqm (public program), 480 sqm (offices), 2,000 sqm (service program) Images: Courtesy of OFIS arhitekti