The design approach for the world-class FC Kuban stadium is firmly rooted in the region
UK-based AFL Architects, together with Tecnion and Synthesis Rus, have been chosen to prepare the design for FC Kuban's new stadium in Krasnodar, Russia, by the owner.
This will be a world class 45,000-seat stadium capable of hosting international events. AFL Architects have been fortunate over a number of years to work with many world-class clubs, UEFA and FIFA. The Stadium is designed to be first and foremost a 'Club' stadium which can host the Russian Football Federation games for FC Kuban and UEFA cup games. It will be also capable of hosting a FIFA event, with minimal change. It can also host other events, such as International Rugby or outdoor Concerts.
The design of the stadium image is very uniquely FC Kuban, it has no comparables. The design approach of the stadium is firmly rooted in Krasnodar and the wider region, whilst complying with FIFA, UEFA and International Stadia design best practice. The scheme is confronting the accepted vision of a stadium as a seating bowl wrapped in uniform cladding. Compared to others stadia proposed in Qatar or even here in Russia, its profile is unique.
The ecological importance of the Krasnodar region to Russia is respected in the design and the choice of materials. John Roberts the Director of Sports at AFL explains the starting point for the scheme: "We intend to create a stadium that the opposition will be afraid of visiting - the 12th man - where all of the 45,000 supporters are 'on the pitch'. In section, the building brings the supporters close to the pitch whilst the upper tier spectators tower over the pitch".
The roof is also designed to retain the noise and focus it onto the 22 players on the field, the noise resonating all around, but reducing the impact of 45,000 fans cheering their team would have on the neighbourhood. The stadium is located to the south of the plot, presenting and imposing itself clearly onto the main roads and will be easily seen from the nearby road bridge.
It is set within a structured green parkland setting, shielding from general view the necessary car parking to the North. 30% of the site is to be retained as parkland for activities such as picknicking. The car parking is designed so that the spaces are split with green avenues and tree lines.
The stadium is raised from its surroundings onto a podium giving it a real prominence and a pedestal-like appearance. The podium provides accommodation for a variety of commercial activities, making this new development a vibrant and active place all week and all year round, not just on match days. It is a place for all of the local community to visit, even if they are not interested in football.
The current design approach is influenced by the Russian artist and architect El Lissitsky. He believed that an artist could be an agent for change. He also believed that "the simpler the shape, the finer precision and quality of execution required".
The golden plates or shards on the elevations are a representation of the sunflower petals and of the Golden Wheat field patterns visible from the air as you approach Krasnodar, broken by the clear openings; the rivers of life that feed the land. These shards peel away from the bowl, revealing the excitement and activities happening inside. Simultaneously, the perforated alloy metal sheets act as shading screens to the accommodation within the stadium, reducing the need for and reliance on air conditioning and cooling.