Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, designed as a result of collaboration between global architects Populous and Dublin‐based architects, Scott Tallon Walker officially opened on 14th May 2010. Previously called the Lansdowne Road Stadium, it hosted its first game of international rugby in 1878. The 50,000 seat stadium will be used for international rugby and soccer fixtures and as a concert and events venue.
Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been designed by Populous and Boogertman Urban Edge & Partners and was inspired by the African melting pot or ‘Calabash’. The stadium, with 92,000 seats capacity, has already become a cultural signifier of the new South Africa and the FIFA World Cup 2010.
Ben Vickery, Senior Principal of Populous said of winning the award, “We are delighted the Aviva Stadium has received the IPA. The IRFU and FAI decided to build their new stadium of on the historic home of international rugby and soccer in Dublin 4. The building developed as a response to the complicated site and a unique and elegant sporting venue has resulted. Strong relationships amongst the team meant the building was delivered on time and on budget, so that overall the Aviva Stadium will be a credit to Ireland.”