“Casa Futebol” Proposes a Different Olympic Legacy For Brazil’s Stadiums

Render of the National Stadium of , based on a photograph by Tomás Faquini

In these hypothetical designs entitled ”Casa Futebol“, Architects Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux of 1Week1Project have proposed a reappropriation of Brazil’s World Cup venues by inserting housing units of approximately 105 square meters into the existing structures. The designs are tailored to each stadium, allowing them to continue to operate smoothly, with part of the money raised by ticket revenue used to finance the construction and maintenance of dwellings. By either replacing part of the stands with the prefabricated units or by occupying the external facade, Casa Futebol adds a human scale to these monumental buildings.

Read on after the break for all the proposals

Optic Garden / 26’10 south Architects and Maja Marx

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The Optic Garden functions as a sculpture on a traffic island celebrating the 2010 World Cup and marking one of the major routes to the inner-city match venues. The project was commissioned by the Development Agency as part of a citywide public art program leading up to the 2010 World Cup.

Be sure to take a look at the video, drawings, and photographs following the break.

Architects: 26’10 south Architects
Project Team: Anne Graupner, Thorsten Deckler, Stephen Reid, Carl Jacobs, Sue Groenewald
Artist: Maja Marx
Photographs: John Hodgkiss

Moses Mabhida Stadium Kirigami Paper Model

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By now, many of you have already seen all the stadiums of ’s World Cup. And many of you may agree with me on this: Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is the most beautiful stadium of the World Cup. Designed by gmp architekten, Theunissen Jankowitz Durban, Ambro-Afrique Consultants, Osmond Lange Architects & Planners, NSM Designs, and Mthulisi Msimang, this venue will host one of the semi-finals on July 7.

So I was quite excited when the people at Paper Landmarks released a stylized kirigami (cut-and-fold) model of the stadium. And the best thing of all, you can download the kirigami template right here. All you need is 14 sheets of 250-300 gsm paper (no glue!). Tell us if you did!

AD Round Up: South Africa World Cup 2010 Stadiums

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2010 kicks off this Friday in South Africa and millions of people all over the world will be cheering for their national team. So to prepare ourselves, we decided to show once again the stadiums of Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Check them all after the break.

South Africa World Cup 2010: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium /
The Nelson Mandela Bay Multi-Purpose Stadium located in Port Elizabeth is the third stadium designed by gmp architekten for South Africa’s World Cup. It will host eight games, including the 3rd and 4th place match. Check our recently featured stadiums by gmp architekten (Moses Mabhida Stadium / Greenpoint Stadium), and decide which one you like the most! (read more…)

South Africa World Cup 2010: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium / gmp architekten

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The Nelson Mandela Bay Multi-Purpose Stadium located in Port Elizabeth is the third stadium designed by gmp architekten for South Africa’s . It will host eight games, including the 3rd and 4th place match. Check our recently featured stadiums by (Moses Mabhida Stadium / Greenpoint Stadium), and decide which one you like the most!

More images and architect’s description after the break.

South Africa World Cup 2010: Moses Mabhida Stadium / gmp architekten

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Almost six months till the 2010 World Cup kicks off. A while ago, we told you we’ll be featuring the stadiums that will host this huge competition. We started with Soccer City Stadium, designed by Boogertman Urban Edge and Partners in partnership with Populous. This week, we’ll be featuring three stadiums designed by gmp architekten. We’ll start with the Moses Mabhida Stadium, in the city of Durban. The stadium was also designed by Theunissen Jankowitz Durban, Ambro-Afrique Consultants, Osmond Lange Architects & Planners, NSM Designs, and Mthulisi Msimang.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

South Africa World Cup 2010: Greenpoint Stadium / gmp architekten

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Greenpoint Stadium was the name of the previously stadium located in Cape Town which hosted a maximum capacity of 18,000 spectators. Designed by gmp architekten, the new Cape Town Stadium will host more than 65,000 soccer fans that will enjoy eight matches.

As a reader told us, several architects were involved in the design of the stadium. Stadium Architects JV, a joint venture comprising: gmp architekten, Louis Karol architecture, and Point Architects (a joint venture of Jakupa Architects, Munnik Visser Architects, Comrie Wilkinson Architects & urban designers, and Paragon Architects).

More images and architect’s description after the break.

South Africa World Cup 2010: Soccer City Stadium

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The 2010 World Cup to be held in South Africa is less than one year away. Being perhaps the most important international competition in sports in the world, we would like to start featuring some of the stadiums that will host this magnificient competition.

Soccer City Stadium is located in and it was originally built in 1987. Among other important events, it hosted the first massive speech from Nelson Mandela after his liberation in 1990. However, it was completely renewed for the upcoming , becoming the stadium where the starting and the final game will be played.

Designed by Boogertman Urban Edge and Partners in partnership with Populous, it will allow for 94,000 spectators to enjoy the best soccer in the world. The design of the stadium was selected from a series of concept designs ranging from acknowledgement of Johannesburg’s disappearing mine dumps; the kgotla (defined by the tree) of the African city state; the African map as a horizontal representation, which included the roof as a desert plane supported on tropical trees set within the mineral wealth of Southern Africa; to a representation of the protea, South Africa’s national flower.

The calabash, or African pot, was selected as being the most recognizable object to represent what would automatically be associated with the African continent and not any other. The calabash, or ‘melting pot of African cultures’, sits on a raised podium, on top of which is located a ‘pit of fire’. Thus the pot sits in a depression, which is the ‘pit of fire’, as if it were being naturally fired.

More images after the break.

Stadiums for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Although the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is a little bit less than a year away, in they already started to prepare for the 2014 World Cup. Brazil has won more World Cups than any other country in the world, so they want to make sure their stadiums are as spectacular as their soccer team.

The 12 cities that will host the are Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Brasília, Cuiabá, Manaus, Fortaleza, Salvador, Recife and Natal. You can see 6 great stadiums after the break.

Thanks to our reader Luis for sending us this info!