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Stadiums: The Latest Architecture and News

Video: Football Stadium Arena Borisov / OFIS arhitekti

16:00 - 26 February, 2015

Recently completed in Belarus, OFIS arhitekti's Football Stadium Arena Borisov combines modern technology and creative space planning to produce an environment with fine-tuned acoustics, 360 degree views of the field, and lots of public recreational opportunities. The 13,000-seat arena's stretched textile skin lends a distinctive character within its rugged forest setting and public street at its base where it lifts away from the building's core. Beyond the stadium, its 3,628 square-meter site hosts public gyms, a bowling area, restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as offices, press boxes, and training facilities. Check out the video to get an in-depth look inside the arena and learn more about the stadium, here.

Arup Unveils Plans for New A.C. Milan Football Stadium

00:00 - 7 February, 2015
Arup Unveils Plans for New A.C. Milan Football Stadium, © AC Milan / Arup
© AC Milan / Arup

Arup has unveiled a proposal to construct a new stadium for the Italian football club A.C. Milan in a central area of Milan. If built, the venue would integrate a “modern stage” for the team’s home matches with a hotel, sports college, restaurants, children’s playground and public open space.

“The project has been developed with a fully holistic and integrated approach where all the design components have been carefully balanced around the spectator’s experience,” stated Arup in a press release.

Newenham Mulligan and Grimshaw Selected to Redevelop Dublin’s RDS Arena

00:00 - 2 February, 2015
Newenham Mulligan and Grimshaw Selected to Redevelop Dublin’s RDS Arena , Courtesy of Leinster Rugby
Courtesy of Leinster Rugby

Dublin-based Newenham Mulligan and London-based Grimshaw have been selected by the Royal Dublin Society and Leinster Rugby to redevelop the rugby team’s home arena in Ballsbridge, Ireland. The €20 million redevelopment, announced just before Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, plans to replace the RDS Arena’s old Anglesea stand with one that increases the venue’s capacity to 25,000.

360 Architecture Tops New Atlanta Stadium with Retractable "Roof Petals"

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Courtesy of New Atlanta Stadium
Courtesy of New Atlanta Stadium

A fly-through over the new Atlanta Falcons’ stadium has been released, revealing an unprecedented retractable roof designed by 360 Architecture (recently acquired by HOK). According to the stadium’s official website, the Pantheon-inspired stadium’s “eight unique roof petals” can rotate open in less than eight minutes, much like a “camera lens.” It will also be clad in a translucent ETFE fabric that, when closed, will allow natural light to pass into its interior.

The video, after the break.

Herzog & de Meuron Considered for London’s Chelsea FC Stadium Expansion

00:00 - 5 January, 2015
Herzog & de Meuron Considered for London’s Chelsea FC Stadium Expansion, Herzog & de Meuron's "Bird Nest" in Beijing. Image © Flickr CC License / DPerstin
Herzog & de Meuron's "Bird Nest" in Beijing. Image © Flickr CC License / DPerstin

Herzog & de Meuron is said to be collaborating with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to explore options for expanding the Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge home stadium in west London. According to a report by the Architects’ Journal, news of the possible expansion first broke last June, after considerations of relocating the stadium were heavily criticized by the public.

The stadium, originally designed by Scottish architect Archibald Leitch and built in 1876, has already undergone several renovations. Chelsea FC hopes to increase its capacity from 41,837 to 60,000, as well as provide a new decking over the railway line on the east and north sides of the building. 

More from Chelsea FC regarding the expansion, after the break.

JAHN and ADG Unveil Mexico City’s Newest Baseball Stadium

00:00 - 8 December, 2014
JAHN and ADG Unveil Mexico City’s Newest Baseball Stadium, © JAHN and ADG
© JAHN and ADG

JAHN and ADG have released designs for Los Diablos Rojos del Mexico’s new home stadium in Mexico City. Scheduled to open in the city’s Magdalena Mixhuca sports complex in 2017, the 13000-seat “Estadio Diablos” will feature a “monumental lightweight” roof structure that resembles Diablos’ trident.

“Indicative of the sky, the roof design is sharp, translucent, luminous and dynamic,” says JAHN. “Composed of lightweight steel wrapped in PTFE textile material, the roof will become an iconic symbol for the great City of Mexico.”

More on the stadium’s design, after the break. 

© JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG + 20

stadiumconcept and IAA architecten Create Stadium with Tractor Valve Columns

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Exterior View. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten
Exterior View. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten

Designed to seat 33,000 people, stadiumconcept and IAA architecten’s proposal for Minsk’s newest football stadium has a unique and allusive form. The column-like supports of the stadium roof resemble tractor valves, a reference to Minsk’s booming tractor fabrication industry. These tapering columns provide a signature identity for a building that, in addition to being a stadium, will serve the city as a shopping and business center.

Exterior View. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten Night View. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten Interior View. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten Roof Plan. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten + 6

The World Cup Stadiums of Brazil, In Awesome Illustrations

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
The World Cup Stadiums of Brazil, In Awesome Illustrations, © André Chiote
© André Chiote

In celebration of the Brazil World Cup, architect and illustrator André Chiote has created a series of illustrations featuring the tournament's most iconic stadiums. Comparing the social importance of these stadiums to cathedrals, Chiote believes that "the new architectural objects are landmarks in the cities that will perpetuate in the future as a cultural and social legacy," and there are few better ways to envision this legacy than to treat the structures with his abstracted, colorful aesthetic - in Brazilian green and yellow, of course. Check out the full illustration set after the break.

David Beckham's Plan for Miami Stadium Sparks Argument

00:00 - 30 May, 2014
The original plans for a stadium at PortMiami are now unlikely to be built. Image © 360 Architecture and Arquitectonica
The original plans for a stadium at PortMiami are now unlikely to be built. Image © 360 Architecture and Arquitectonica

Plans to build a new soccer stadium in Miami have generated an argument this week between David Beckham, current city officials, and past city officials. The stadium, which will be home to a new Miami MLS team owned by ex-superstar Beckham, was originally proposed to occupy a site at PortMiami, with a design drawn up by Arquitectonica and 360 Architects. However, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez had concerns over the location, and earlier this month convinced Beckham and his group to consider an alternative location, a disused boat slip between the American Airlines Arena and Museum Park.

Now a group including former mayor Manny Diaz and Alexander Cooper, the masterplan designer for Museum Park have issued a statement condemning the new plans and saying they are "not in harmony with the vision of Miami as a world class city with parks and open areas available for all."

More on the row after the break

Foster and Chipperfield Among Firms Shortlisted for Qatar's 2022 Centerpiece

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Foster and Chipperfield Among Firms Shortlisted for Qatar's 2022 Centerpiece, Foster + Partners' Previous Design for the 'Lusail Iconic Stadium' which formed part of Qatar's bid for the World Cup. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners' Previous Design for the 'Lusail Iconic Stadium' which formed part of Qatar's bid for the World Cup. Image © Foster + Partners

Four firms have been shortlisted to design Qatar's Lusail Stadium, the centerpiece for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Foster + Partners, David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects are now competing to design the 80,000 seat stadium which will host the international event alongside Zaha Hadid's Al Wakrah stadium and others.

Read on after the break for more on the shortlist

HASSELL, COX Architecture, HKS To Design Australia’s Largest Sporting Precinct

00:00 - 26 April, 2014
HASSELL, COX Architecture, HKS To Design Australia’s Largest Sporting Precinct, Burswood Peninsula Master Plan. Image Courtesy of Government of Western Australia
Burswood Peninsula Master Plan. Image Courtesy of Government of Western Australia

The West Australian government has confirmed, HASSELL, COX Architecture and HKS will collaborate to design Australia’s largest ever stadium project. The $900million project will see Perth’s Burswood Peninsula transformed into a world-class sporting precinct by 2018. Included in the master plan is a new stadium that will hold some 60,000 spectators, a public tennis facility, significant transport infrastructure upgrades, such as a new train and bus station, and large public parklands. As negotiations continue between the firms and the West Australian Government, we should expect to see detailed drawings of the scheme by at least July with construction expected to begin by the end of this year.

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

01:00 - 30 January, 2014
Rogers Stirk Harbour Unveils Design for Venezuela's National Football Stadium, © RSHP
© RSHP

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 Venezuela. 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

04:00 - 12 December, 2013
Competition Entry: Ruch Chorzów Football Stadium / Andrea Maffei Architects, View towards entrance. Image Courtesy of 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 football pitch and associated amenities.

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

00:00 - 30 November, 2013
GMT Mysłowice Win Competition to Design Poland's Stadion Ruch Chorzów, Courtesy of GMT
Courtesy of GMT

The design for a new stadium for Ruch Chorzów, one of Poland's largest football 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."

Antofagasta Regional Stadium / Valle & Cornejo Arquitectos + Nicolás Lipthay

01:00 - 5 August, 2013
Cortesía de Andrés Valle
Cortesía de Andrés Valle
  • Architects

    Valle & Cornejo Arquitectos , Nicolás Lipthay
  • Location

    Estadio Municipal, Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Antofagasta Region, Chile
  • Category

  • Collaborators

    Juan Pablo Duarte, Catalina Donzé, Oscar Conteras, María José Yurisic
  • Project Area

    30000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

Cortesía de Andrés Valle Cortesía de Andrés Valle Cortesía de Andrés Valle Cortesía de Andrés Valle + 36

Mineirão Stadium / BCMF Arquitetos

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
Mineirão Stadium / BCMF Arquitetos, © Alberto Andrich
© Alberto Andrich

© Leonardo Finotti © Joana França © Eugênio Sávio © Joana França + 42

  • Architects in Charge

    Bruno Campos, Marcelo Fontes, Silvio Todeschi
  • Location

    Pampulha, Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Patrícia Bueno, Leonardo Paes, Luciana Maciel, Michelle Moura, Mara Coelho, Leonardo Rodrigues, Joana Vieira, Carolina Eboli, Gabriela Jacobina, Henrique Amin, Isabel Garcia, Thiago Bandeira, Camila Belisário, Fani Frkovic, Demetris Venizelos, Daniela Ribeiro, Marta Guedán Vidal, Felix Morczinek, Charlotte Fredriksson e Frederico Almeida
  • Project Area

    348900 sqm
  • Ano do projeto

    2012
  • Fotografias

    Alberto Andrich, Leonardo Finotti, Joana França, Eugênio Sávio, Gustavo Xavier, CEMIG, Museu Abilio Barreto Collection

A STADIUM TO THE CITY

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

00:00 - 15 April, 2013
Herzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Nearly two years after unveiling the design to the public, Herzog & de Meuron broke ground this morning on the new ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’ 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

15:00 - 11 August, 2011
© Shoshanah / <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>Wikimedia</a> Commons
© Shoshanah / Wikimedia Commons

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 Baltimore Oriole park. Rather, they designed a stadium that was considerate of its context, integrated beautifully within the city, and invited the citizens of Baltimore to enjoy watching their Orioles play. More on stadium design and Oriole Park after the break.