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Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium / FGP Atelier + Taller ADG

  • 19:00 - 5 August, 2019
  • Curated by Paula Pintos
Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium / FGP Atelier + Taller ADG
Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium / FGP Atelier + Taller ADG, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

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  • Architects

  • Location

    puerta 6, Viad. Río de la Piedad S/N, Granjas México, 08400 Iztacalco, CDMX, Mexico
  • Category

  • Lead architects

    Francisco Gonzalez Pulido, Alonso de Garay
  • Design team

    Francisco Gonzalez Pulido, Alonso de Garay
  • Area

    60000.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Clients

    Alfredo Harp Helu
  • Engineering

  • Structural Consultant

    Werner Sobek
  • Local Structural Engineer

  • Sports Consultant

  • Contractors

    Concrete and steel structure
  • Roof

    Dunn Lightweight Architecture
  • Baseball

  • Glass contractor

  • Seating

  • Steel subcontract Fnishes and railings

  • Baseball/ Field contractor

  • Data Installation

  • Furniture

  • Masonry and Finishes

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© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

Text description provided by the architects. Designed by Mexican-born architects Francisco Gonzalez Pulido and Alonso de Garay, of Chicago-based FGP Atelier, and Taller ADG based in Ciudad de México; the Alfredo Harp Helú stadium is the country’s largest baseball facility to date with 20,000 seats—a drastic difference from its home team’s previous home, the 5,200-seat Estadio Fray Nano. A baseball aficionado, part team owner, and renowned Mexican businessman and philanthropist, Helú commisioned De Garay, who invited González Pulido to collaboratee, to design a world-class facility replete with all of the services and amenities for its team and its followers, but with the grander intention of reinvigorating the sport in Mexico and fostering a sense of community and culture.

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

Located adjacent to the Formula One Race Track in the sports complex of Magdalene Mixhuca, the architectural and theoretical undertaking involved melding modern and prehistoric materials to reference Mexico’s history and culture while turning the paradigm of the stadium on its head. The stadium’s roof, which is aptly shaped in the form of a trident spear to reference the home’s team’s devilish name, was a technological feat in itself.  The roof was designed by FGP Atelier, the non-public interiors by Taller ADG, and podium seating and public circulation as a collaboration between FGP Atelier and Taller ADG.

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

The monumental yet lightweight structure is composed of steel wrapped in PTFE textiles material that plays with the light. To install it, the largest crane in the world was employed to lift the massive truss structures into position while digital scanning techniques ensured precise alignment. Six truncated pyramid-like forms clad in indigenous volcanic rock form the base of the structure and provide outdoor terraces at the top with food stalls and an area for socializing away from the arena. The shape and materiality of the forms—which recall ancient Mesoamerican temples—serve as a reminder of the country’s rich history and also perfectly marry ceremony and innovation by providing an awe-inspiring entrance.

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

The actual stadium itself offers the feel of an open-air amphitheater largely because of the sense of a ‘floating’ roof with an impressive 11,500 covered seats and 8,500 additional seats in the outfield—all designed to offer fantastic views of the ball game. While VIP level box rooms overlooking the field are incorporated, a certain amount of low-cost seating is reserved specifically for the surrounding community. In addition, a public plaza was designed to circle the stadium—offering the local community a way to earn additional income through a year-round market and another avenue to come together.

Entrance section
Entrance section

Referred to as the Diablos Rojos stadium in honor of the home team, the stadium showcases a new paradigm of architecture for sports facilities that perfectly melds culture, technology, and provides various different avenues for social engagement—a factor that is a large part of Mexican Culture. Meant to be more than a stadium, it’s establishing itself as the iconic home of Mexican baseball with a training center available to the local community, a community market, and excellent seating for all.

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

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Cite: "Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium / FGP Atelier + Taller ADG" 05 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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