Opening the gates

Monday 14 Jun 2010

IAD unveils design proposal for new stadium on Seville centred on ergonomy, funcionality and contextuality

This proposal was determined by the will to intensify the sporting event, concentrating on the spectator in surroundings that focus on the actions taking place on the playing field. Two distinct scales are present; on the one hand is the monumental scale of the game, expressed in the empty field and monumental ring of the canopy; on the other hand is the human scale of the spectator present in the fragmented organisation of the bleachers and the reduction of the visual impact of the building.

The rationality of the proposal affirms its modernity, while meeting all prerequisites of safety, comfort and economy. The object, enshrouded in its surroundings, allows for an optimisation of the shear surface of built façades and uses modular, prefabricated bleachers without compromising architectural quality. The ‘fifth’ façade formed by the roof-ring maximises the protection and comfort of the spectators. This object becomes a public plaza, a polyvalent space dedicated to leisure time and spectacles, be they sporting or cultural, with a clear reference to Roman arenas, a civic space for the citizen.

Conceived as a response to the horizontal extension of the surrounding fields and the extremity of local meteorological conditions, the Stadium proposal defines itself as a landscape-architectonic gesture with the creation of an artificial hill space - an active bump - that gently holds the playing field in its centre.

Going further than an imposing object, sometimes menacing and introspective, and with the intention of reducing the stadium to its most pure expression, IAD's proposal opts for an open and fragmented construction that shamelessly exposes its purpose. The architects thus combined the power of an urban landmark with the lightness and transparency of a naked object. The comprehension of the building takes on a great simplicity: a giant circling roof with extensions of tensed textile, indispensable when taking in consideration the climatic conditions of the province of Seville; the fragmented grandstand, allowing for fluidity of spectator access; the ring of pedestrian circulations and turnstiles; and, lastly, freestanding boxes which concentrate the principal uses of the stadium, organising and creating clear hierarchies between pathways and seating.

Under the gesture of a giant unifying roof, the Stadium responds efficiently and sensibly with its immediate surroundings. In this manner we addressed our response to the differing natures of the two main facades; the one overlooking the surrounding fields and highway and the one facing a future urban development. The exterior side of the stadium is camouflaged using a soft, green language, thus avoiding the strong visual impact of the large parking lot required. On the urban side, the stadium acquires a more constructed expression, but without losing its fragmentary character, in which outstands the purity of its principal generating elements; the grandstand and monumental roof.

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