A stadium for tomorrow

The stadium is a fascinating building typology which draws people together in a way that few other buildings are able to achieve. The theatre of a live sports event creates lasting memories for spectators, and the challenge for architects and designers is to develop experiences that can respond to the requirements of changing demographic trends in society. They can also become a destination in their own right, through greater connection with the public realm and integrated urban planning, which can be a positive catalyst for urban regeneration.

The new venues presented in this current issue of ‘sb’ show many of these characteristics in projects of various scales and sports. The Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia is a multi-functional venue designed to host rectangular and circular field sports and concerts. It is constructed on the site of an old cement works and is connected to the central business district with a new pedestrian bridge as well as new train and bus stations.

The Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Spain is a redevelopment of the ori­ginal La Peineta stadium and also incorporates a new train station that will serve the wider neighbourhood of Rejas.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, USA is North America’s first LEED Platinum professional sports stadium. Its architecture aims at connecting fans to the city’s landscape and offering a natural visual impact of the stadium.

The Clubhouse for Eindhoven Hockey Club in the Netherlands is a smaller-scale development for a local hockey team and sports club, which focuses on the sustainable use of timber to create its distinctive form.

The Ski flying hill in Oberstdorf, Germany has to satisfy the unique demands of its sport, but also includes a panoramic lift linking to an aerial viewing platform and a ski museum showcasing the history of winter sport.