Rogers Stirk Harbour Unveils Design for Venezuela’s National Football Stadium

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Following our recent news that confirmed Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) will oversee the design and construction of two new stadiums within Caracas’ Hugo Chavez Park, details have emerged regarding the Estadio Nacional de Fútbol de . Designed by RSHP, in collaboration with Arup and Schlaich Bergermann und Partners, the project will be the practice’s first ever football stadium.

Competition Entry: Ruch Chorzów Football Stadium / Andrea Maffei Architects

View towards entrance. Image Courtesy of Andrea Maffei Architects

Andrea Maffei Architect‘s competition entry for a new stadium for Ruch Chorzów, one of Poland‘s largest football clubs, offers a capacity for 12,000 and provision for up to 16,000 seats. The design encourages the stadium and its surroundings to act as a new civic point of reference for Chorzów as part of a wider complex of shops and restaurants. The architects’ understanding of the movement of people on match days is complimented by the facilities that the new stadium will offer to visitors seven days a week, the design for which will provide Ruch Chorzów with a state-of-the-art pitch and associated amenities.

GMT Mysłowice Win Competition to Design Poland’s Stadion Ruch Chorzów

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The design for a new stadium for Ruch Chorzów, one of Poland‘s largest clubs, has been unveiled. The winning proposal, designed by GMT Mysłowice, will have a capacity for 12,000 seats and, although described as not being “the most impressive [design] overall,” has been selected for its simple, clean form and “value for money.” With ruch meaning ‘movement’ or ‘motion’ in Polish, the concept for the design has hinged around “giving passers-by a different perspective from every possible angle as they move along the stadium.”

Herzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’

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Nearly two years after unveiling the design to the public, Herzog & de Meuron broke ground this morning on the new ‘Grand Stade de ’ in France. Surrounded by lush vegetation typically found in this green belt district, the stepped concourse transitions visitors through a forest of slender white columns to the stadium’s bowl, whose form ensures maximum flexibility and optimal visibility for all 43,000 spectators.

Completion is set for 2015, just in time to host the Euro 2016 football championship.

The architect’s description after the break…

Oriole Park at Camden Yards: A Watershed Moment for Sports Stadiums

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The most influential decision in sports in the last twenty-five years was not made by a general manager, coach, or athlete. In fact, it wasn’t even made on a field, pitch, court, or rink. Instead, this decision originated in the office and on the drafting tables of the architecture firm HOK. The architects and engineers decided, going against three decades of stadium designs, some of which were their very own, to not create another generic multi-sport indoor arena for the next Oriole park. Rather, they designed a stadium that was considerate of its context, integrated beautifully within the city, and invited the citizens of to enjoy watching their Orioles play. More on stadium design and Oriole Park after the break.