Reinventing De Kuip

Friday 28 Feb 2014

Erick van Egeraat releases transformational designs for Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam

Erick van Egeraat’s design for a renewed Feyenoord stadium (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) and the surrounding areas has been released. ‘De Kuip’ - as the stadium is also known - is a recognised structure in the Rotterdam South district where the stadium is uniquely located on the main southern entrance to the City. This part of Rotterdam South is currently also a highly underdeveloped problematic urban area; isolated fragments of city, largely unused parking terrains and predominantly populated by a less affluent part of the Rotterdam population. The excellent connections to the main infrastructural arteries, the embankment of the river Maas and its vicinity to the City centre all are potential supports for redevelopment.

Erick van Egeraat aims to unlock these potentials. His proposal uses the strong brand of Feyenoord Rotterdam to create a new sport and entertainment centre that is specifically developed not to be exclusive for football, but for everyone; a centre that will play a key role in the revival of the Rotterdam South districts and will be one of the great catalysts of Rotterdam in the next twenty years. The design suggests spin-off effects to sustainably boost the urban quality, employment potential, available housing opportunities as well as a diversified mix of offices, hospitality, shopping, sports and entertainment to increase the area’s attractiveness for investors.

Erick van Egeraat explains: “In this era, this is the only way to make the renovation and expansion of a soccer stadium profitable. This is not a debate about just the number of chairs and the cost of those chairs, this is a fundamental question about public support, feasibility and necessity. It is about offering something good for everyone, for football fans and all others who are interested in sport, leisure and entertainment. In this area you can shop, live, work, go to a concert, to events, to meetings, AND you can enjoy a soccer game in the legendary Feyenoord stadium.” 

The design proposal opts to modify the original cutting edge design of the stadium by Brinkman and Van Der Vlught of 1937, as little as possible. The architect Erick van Egeraat updates the stadium to meet full FIFA requirements while maintaining and potentially improving the intimate character of the stadium. By lowering the field, 5,500 chairs are added with the very best view directly next to the field. Lowering the field plus enlarging the 2nd tier with several rows avoids the need for a third tier, which would fundamentally change the intimate character of the stadium. Adding a roof that can be opened and closed, allows for multiple uses of the stadium such as for other sporting events and musical performances. 

“The proposed strategy is entirely flexible. It allows for ambitious urban development and for a state of the art stadium which will be realised in dedicated stages, and facilitates social and commercial urban improvement. The steps in my plan to improve the stadium itself are likely the most cost effective of all proposals provided to Feyenoord. On top of this my stadium stays closest to the original building!” Erick van Egeraat says. The design of Erick van Egeraat looks revitalise the original 1937 stadium and makes it a booster of the urban improvement of Rotterdam South. This quality of this development will be symbolised by a high-rise ‘Feyenoord Tower’ that will be visible from all over the City of Rotterdam and beyond.

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