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Aperture-Style Retractable Roof at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium Closes for the First Time

13:30 - 1 August, 2017

Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium has released a new video showing the structure’s unique aperture-style retractable roof closing for the very first time. Designed by 360 Architecture (now a part of HOK), the eight ETFE-clad roof “petals” slide along tracks on the stadium roof to come together at a central point, much like how a camera operates. When fully operational, the roof will be able to open and close in less than eight minutes.

Legendary Rugby Players Help HOK Design the Stadium of Tomorrow

08:00 - 16 June, 2017
Legendary Rugby Players Help HOK Design the Stadium of Tomorrow , The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK
The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK

Few architectural typologies are more centered around the human experience than a sporting arena. The design of sports stadiums often feature notable architecture firms, such as Herzog & de Meuron’s design for Chelsea’s football stadium in London, and Kengo Kuma’s 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Recently, renowned design practice HOK tackled stadium design using an obvious yet untapped resource in the design of rugby stadiums –rugby players themselves. 

John Rhodes, a director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, met with legendary rugby players Jamie Roberts (Wales), Tim Visser (Scotland), James Horwill (Australia) and Danny Care (England) to capture their ideas, both as players and fans. The findings were collated into a video by HOK, which you can watch below.

The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK Fiber optic pitches could display real time information to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK GPS connectivity could stream player statistics to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK +14

OMA's Feyenoord City Masterplan and Stadium Given Green Light by the City of Rotterdam

05:30 - 12 May, 2017
OMA's Feyenoord City Masterplan and Stadium Given Green Light by the City of Rotterdam, © OMA
© OMA

A large-scale masterplan for Feyenoord (or Feijenoord), a suburb-city of the Dutch city of Rotterdam, has been approved by Rotterdam City Council. The successful concept design from OMA, led by Partner David Gianotten, incorporates a historically-important football stadium—for the nationally significant Feyenoord football club—which "no longer fulfills modern demands." Aligned with the football club's "expanding ambitions" both in the Dutch and European football leagues, this proposal is the latest in a string of plans to expand, but the only one to have been accepted.

© OMA © OMA © OMA © OMA +10

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Designs for Sports-Centered Eco Technology Hub in England

12:30 - 6 April, 2017
Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Designs for Sports-Centered Eco Technology Hub in England, Courtesy of Ecotricity
Courtesy of Ecotricity

British green energy company Ecotricity has revealed plans for a new Zaha Hadid Architects-designed green technology hub in Stroud, England. The project, known as the “Gateway to Stroud,” will consist of several greenhouse-like buildings and a wooden footbridge that will connect the campus to the future all-wood stadium for the Forest Green Rovers football club, also designed by ZHA and revealed late last year.

Planned as a center for local sports and sports science, the ECO park will provide state-of-the-art office space for environmentally-focused companies as well as public access to a wide range of health and leisure activities.

Courtesy of Ecotricity Courtesy of Ecotricity © Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VA © Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VA +9

HKS Designs New Ballpark for MLB's Texas Rangers

12:00 - 6 January, 2017
HKS Designs New Ballpark for MLB's Texas Rangers, © Texas Rangers Baseball Club / HKS
© Texas Rangers Baseball Club / HKS

HKS Architects has been selected to design a new Major League Baseball stadium for the Texas Rangers, to be built in Arlington, Texas. As part of a new multipurpose sports and entertainment venue, the stadium will feature a retractable roof for climate control and shelter during the hot Texan summers.

Cox Architecture Wins Competition for North Queensland Rugby Stadium

14:00 - 20 December, 2016
Cox Architecture Wins Competition for North Queensland Rugby Stadium, Courtesy of Cox Architecture
Courtesy of Cox Architecture

Cox Architecture has been selected as the winners of an invited competition for the new North Queensland Stadium in Townsville, Australia, beating out finalist proposals from BVN Architecture, Hassell and Populous. With a roof design inspired by the native Pandanus tree, the new stadium will provide seating for 25,000 spectators as the new home to the National Rugby League’s North Queensland Cowboys. 

Courtesy of Cox Architecture Courtesy of Cox Architecture Courtesy of Cox Architecture Courtesy of Cox Architecture +4

OMA’s Masterplan for Feyenoord City in Rotterdam Approved

10:02 - 30 November, 2016
OMA’s Masterplan for Feyenoord City in Rotterdam Approved , View from Water. Image © OMA
View from Water. Image © OMA

OMA has released images of their masterplan for Feyenoord City, Rotterdam, after the plan was approved by city’s mayor and alderman. Developed for the Feyenoord football club, the project will consist of a redeveloped mixed-use district centered around a new 63,000 seat stadium for the team located along the Maas River.

Feyenoord City Bird's-Eye View. Image © OMA Feyenoord City Bird's-Eye View. Image © OMA View - Kuip North. Image © OMA Stadium - Varkenoordseviaduct. Image © OMA +9

Zaha Hadid Architects' Competition-Winning Design for Forest Green Rovers Will Be World's First All-Wood Stadium

11:45 - 3 November, 2016
Zaha Hadid Architects' Competition-Winning Design for Forest Green Rovers Will Be World's First All-Wood Stadium, Exterior Rendering. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Exterior Rendering. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects has been announced as the winner of an international competition to design a new football stadium for the Forest Green Rovers in Stroud, UK. Following a seven month competition featuring over 50 entries from around the world, ZHA was selected over finalist Glenn Howells Architects for their all-wood proposal. When finished, the stadium will be the first in the world to be built entirely out of wood.

Exterior Rendering. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Interior Rendering. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Interior Rendering. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Phase 1 Seating. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects +6

Exhibition: Stadiums Past and Future

08:45 - 13 September, 2016
Exhibition: Stadiums Past and Future

At the Olympic Games, STADIUMS are real eye-catchers. But what do we know about these giant structures? Emblematic of the Olympic Games, STADIUMS also represent a challenge for the host city. With a long history, they refer to the past while turning to the future. With this new programme, The Olympic Museum is exploring the adventure of these buildings whose impact is measured beyond the 16 days of competition.

FC Barcelona Explains the Design and Construction of the New Camp Nou in these Videos

08:00 - 23 April, 2016


At a press conference on Thursday, FC Barcelona presented the design of the new Camp Nou, a project led by Nikken Sekkei (Japan) with Joan Pascual i Ramon Ausió Arquitectes (Barcelona), who won the international competition in early March.

Alongside the team's players, the board of directors chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu presented the model of the project, which will begin construction in mid-2017 to expand the stadium's capacity to 105,000 spectators. In addition, the organization published a series of videos about the project, including an explanation of how the expansion will take place without affecting a single football match.

BIG Redskins Stadium Designed for More Than Just Football

12:00 - 14 March, 2016
BIG Redskins Stadium Designed for More Than Just Football, Courtesy of Redskins an CBS News
Courtesy of Redskins an CBS News

BIG has revealed their concept for the Redskins new stadium complex. Complete with a moat, the semi-transparent, undulating structure was designed to redefine the American stadium. Rather than being (mostly) preserved for game-day, BIG envisions the stadium to be a year-round destination used for more than just football.  

“The stadium is designed as much for the tailgating, like the pre-game, as for the game itself,” Bjarke Ingels said on 60 Minutes. “Tailgating literally becomes a picnic in a park. It can actually make the stadium a more lively destination throughout the year without ruining the turf for the football game.”

Nikken Sekkei to Design New Camp Nou

14:00 - 8 March, 2016
Nikken Sekkei to Design New Camp Nou, Design of the new Camp Nou. Image Courtesy of FC Barcelona
Design of the new Camp Nou. Image Courtesy of FC Barcelona

Japanese practice Nikken Sekkei, in collaboration with Joan Pascual-Ramon Ausió Arquitectes, has been chosen to design the new Camp Nou stadium for FC Barcelona, according to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. The winning team was chosen over three other finalistsHKS + COX + Batell i Roig Arquitectes; BIG + IDOM + BAAS Arquitectes; POPULOUS + Mias Arquitectes + RCR Arquitectes.

The new design intends to compliment the recently unveiled New Palau Blaugrana, FC Barcelona's main basketball arena that will be designed by HOK and TAC Arquitectes. All this is happening alongside the Espai Barça remodel that is expected to begin in 2017 and complete by 2021.

HOK and TAC Arquitectes Win Competition to Design Palau Blaugrana at FC Barcelona

06:00 - 12 February, 2016
HOK and TAC Arquitectes Win Competition to Design Palau Blaugrana at FC Barcelona, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of HOK
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of HOK

After an international design competition, sports venue specialists HOK and Barcelona-based TAC Arquitectes have been selected to design the new 10,000 seat arena for FC Barcelona, the New Palau Blaugrana. Replacing the old arena which was built in 1971, the building is estimated to open for the 2019-2020 FC Barcelona Lassa basketball season. The redevelopment of the Palau Blaugrana is part of a larger scheme by the football team to refresh their entire campus - including the famous Camp Nou stadium for which a shortlist including BIG, Populous and HKS was announced in September, with a winner expected to be announced in March. Read on for the architects' description of their Palau Blaugrana design.

BIG Expected to Design New Redskins Stadium

11:45 - 7 January, 2016
BIG Expected to Design New Redskins Stadium, FedEx Field, current home of the Washington Redskins. Image © Flickr CC User David
FedEx Field, current home of the Washington Redskins. Image © Flickr CC User David

Reports indicate BIG will design the Washington Redskins new stadium. Details have yet to be released, however according to Sports Business Daily the practice's head of communications, Daria Pahhota confirmed BIG is working on an NFL stadium. The Redskins currently play at the 80,000-seat FedEx Field in Maryland; it is said that they are considering moving back to Washington DC or relocating to Virginia

Herzog & de Meuron Release Updated Images of the New Chelsea FC Stadium in London

07:30 - 2 December, 2015
Herzog & de Meuron Release Updated Images of the New Chelsea FC Stadium in London, © Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Following the announcement earlier this year that Herzog & de Meuron were developing designs for a new £500million stadium for Chelsea Football Club, the Swiss practice have released a series of official images which narrate the project's design intentions and contextual implications. The new stadium, which will be built in place of the football club's existing stadium at Stamford Bridge, will contain a "three-tier, four-stand, bowl with a capacity of 60,000 supporters" (compared to the current 41,837 capacity) and have around 60,000sqm of facilities housed within its ribbed shell.

© Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron +9

IAKS Selects 8 Outstanding Sports & Leisure Facilities as “All-Time Best”

14:00 - 14 November, 2015
IAKS Selects 8 Outstanding Sports & Leisure Facilities as “All-Time Best”, Beijing National Stadium. Image Courtesy of IAKS
Beijing National Stadium. Image Courtesy of IAKS

The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) has created an All-Time Award to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The Award highlights outstanding examples of sports and leisure facilities that have become both landmark and influential projects over the last few decades. See the eight winners after the break.

OMA to Redesign Washington DC's RFK Stadium Campus

16:35 - 9 October, 2015
OMA to Redesign Washington DC's RFK Stadium Campus, RFK Stadium in 1988. Image © Ken Hammond
RFK Stadium in 1988. Image © Ken Hammond

OMA has been selected to redevelop Washington DC's Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium campus. Lauded by the commissioners for their ability to activate public space, especially along waterfronts, OMA was also recently chosen alongside OLIN to design the city's 11th Street Bridge Park.

“One of the things we realized as we were analyzing the future use of RFK, after talking to a lot of potential users, is that there was no conceptual master plan that can be shared with the community once the ideas are put to paper,” said Max Brown, chairman Events DC - the organization spearheading the project. “We needed someone to help tell a story about what this place could be and options for use and how they’re located.”

Zaha Hadid Backs Down From Second Tokyo Olympic Stadium Bid

13:01 - 18 September, 2015
Zaha Hadid Backs Down From Second Tokyo Olympic Stadium Bid, ZHA's New National Stadium proposal. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
ZHA's New National Stadium proposal. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Just two weeks after the Japan Sport Council launched a second call for New National Stadium proposals, Zaha Hadid Architects and partner Nikken Sekkei have withdrawn from the competition. Although the duo promised to develop a "cost-effective" design that strictly adhered to the new competition's scaled down brief, they were unable to secure a contractor and therefore were forced to step down from the competition. 

"It is disappointing that the two years of work and investment in the existing design for a new National Stadium for Japan cannot be further developed to meet the new brief through the new design competition," said ZHA in a press release.