Feyenoord City

Stronger by sports

Feyenoord City in Rotterdam

OMA

Situation

A historically significant stadium due to its distinctive design, with the oval stands positioned close to the pitch so audience and players are in intimate proximity, De Kuip is known for its unique and intense atmosphere.

Built 80 years ago, the current stadium of Rotterdam-based football club Feyenoord no longer fulfills modern demands. To facilitate the football club’s expanding ambitions both in the national and European football leagues, multiple plans for a new and renovated stadium have been made and presented over the past decade, none of which received final approval.

In 2016, Operatie NL, OMA and Feyenoord proposed a different approach: the construction of a new stadium combined with the development of the surrounding neighborhood.

Architect

OMA
Office for Metropolian Architecture
Heer Bokelweg 149
3032 AD
Rotterdam
Netherlands
 
Team:
David Gianotten, Kees van Casteren, Shinji Takagi
Andrea Tabocchini, Andrew Keung, Aris Gkitzias, Emma Lubbers, Hanna Jurkowska, Lex Lagendijk, Max Scherer, Stefano Campisi

Client & User

Feyenoord City Masterplan

In collaboration with the football club and the municipality of Rotterdam, OMA has developed the Feyenoord City Masterplan, introducing a new 63,000-seat stadium that will function as catalyst for the urban development of Rotterdam Zuid, one of the neighborhoods of the city in need of rejuvenation and economic injection. After careful consideration of three potential project sites, a location at the waterfront, northwest to the neighborhood De Veranda, was selected.

OMA’s masterplan for Feyenoord City consists of five main elements: a new and larger stadium for Feyenoord, renovation of De Kuip, and development of the Urban Bridge, the Strip and the Kuip Park.

Old vs. new

Address

Feyenoord Stadium
Van Zandvlietplein 1
3077 AA Rotterdam
Netherlands

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De Kuip

The current stadium De Kuip is to be renovated and redeveloped into apartments, commercial space, an athletics sports center and a public square. The area surrounding the stadium, de Kuip Park, will offer green space for sports and leisure activities as well as residential units.

De Strip, a three-dimensional pedestrian walkway, will connect the old stadium with the new stadium and include new public and commercial space as well as parking facilities. Additionally, Feyenoord City will be connected to the Laan op Zuid through The Urban Bridge, a promenade for slow traffic.

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Participation

Located between the river Maas, the railway and the highway, the stadium is positioned at an infrastructural node, ensuring accessibility by car, bus and public transport. The new infrastructure and stadium development is accompanied by an extensive social program with sports at its core.

Feyenoord will set up a new multi sports club for the residents of Rotterdam Zuid, and cooperate with the surrounding neighborhoods to encourage sports participation.

Opening

2024

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OMA
Frans Parthesius, Courtesy of OMA

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OMA

Program

In total, the program of Feyenoord City consists of 255.000m² housing; 64.000m² commercial space including a new cinema, restaurants, hotels, and shops and 83.000m² public program including a sports experience centre and sports fields.

Besides providing a new home to football club Feyenoord and renovating De Kuip for future uses, OMA’s Feyenoord City masterplan aims to spark the redevelopment of Rotterdam Zuid, activate its waterfront and to reconnect this part of the city to the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Johannes Bühlbecker is an architect and has worked, among others, for International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) for 15 years – as editorial director of the renowned trade magazine “sb”, in the organisation and realisation of international architectural competitions with IOC and IPC, in trade fairs and conventions, as head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Facilities”) and as a lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne.

  • Dipl.-Ing. (engineering degree) Architect, TU Berlin
  • Longtime editorial head with “sb”, an international journal for the architecture of sports
  • Training in web design, online marketing, etc.
  • International architectural competitions with IOC and IPC
  • Trade fair and congress organisation
  • Head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Venues”)
  • Lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne
  • Planning of the Prussian Stadium in Münster (for großmann engineers, Göttingen)
  • Replanning a football stadium in Berlin-Köpenick
  • Numerous publications, i.a. “From Round Leather to Soap Bubbles – The Development of Football and its Architecture”
  • Board member and youth coach at SV BW Weitmar 09

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Washington Redskins Stadium

A walk in the park

Washington Redskins Stadium

by BIG

Drive-in amphitheater

Set at the bottom of a stepped, grass covered drive-in amphitheater, BIG envisions a new Washington Redskins Stadium that will expand the game-day experience beyond the building’s walls – turning traditional tailgating into a communal picnic experience during game days.

Architect

BIG
Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
Agustin Perez Torres
Alan Tansey, Beat Schenk, Bryan Maddock, Charles Kim, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Maureen Rahman, Peter Lee, Phillip MacDougall, Sanam Salek

Programme

In the off season, Washington Redskins Stadium and its grounds become a public park and concert venue for the community.

The project will also include over 50,000 sf of exhibition space for a Redskins Museum as well as 100,000 sf of office space, club rooms and training facilities as a part of the 1.4 million sf plan.

The new stadium will be located in the Tri-State Washington D.C. area, the home of the Redskins since 1937.

Client

Washington Football Inc.

User

Bowl

Washington Redskins Stadium is designed to optimize game days, with a circular layout that is elevated to increase the capacity of bleachers at the 50 yard line. BIG’s open arrangement forgoes the traditional, tiered design of most American Football stadiums to create one big bowl where all the fans can see each other and cheer on their respective teams in unison. Two 8,000 sf scoreboard will accommodate display screens and game details, bringing crowds across the stadium together.

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Bridges vs. fences

Outside, the stadium is wrapped in a golden metal mesh, which is pushed inwards and outward to create areas for entrances and concessions. Around it, a moat will ease access to the stadium through a series of bridges that eliminate the need for a standard fences or gates. In the warm months, when not in use, the moat will act as a wave pool and lazy river and during winter, an ice rink.

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BIG

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Tailgating

The parking amphitheater will be planted with reinforced grass, so cars can drive directly up to the stadium while keeping the surrounding field lush and green for use as a park.

The raised terrain created by the stepped field will be supported by 5 levels of underground parking with space for 25,000 cars. It will also accommodate six areas for concessions and VIP tailgating.

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Great gestures

At its highest point, the surrounding park is pushed down to create the Redskins Museum and the HQ and to accommodate four full-sized training fields. By night, the green amphitheater is able to transform into a performance venue with space for 100,000 people.

Even if the implementation of this project is not certain, Washington Redskins Stadium still includes great gestures and ideas that we would very much like to find in other and smaller stadiums and sports grounds as well.

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Johannes Bühlbecker, founder

Johannes Bühlbecker is an architect and has worked, among others, for International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) for 15 years – as editorial director of the renowned trade magazine “sb”, in the organisation and realisation of international architectural competitions with IOC and IPC, in trade fairs and conventions, as head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Facilities”) and as a lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne.

  • Dipl.-Ing. (engineering degree) Architect, TU Berlin
  • Longtime editorial head with “sb”, an international journal for the architecture of sports
  • Training in web design, online marketing, etc.
  • International architectural competitions with IOC and IPC
  • Trade fair and congress organisation
  • Head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Venues”)
  • Lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne
  • Planning of the Prussian Stadium in Münster (for großmann engineers, Göttingen)
  • Replanning a football stadium in Berlin-Köpenick
  • Numerous publications, i.a. “From Round Leather to Soap Bubbles – The Development of Football and its Architecture”
  • Board member and youth coach at SV BW Weitmar 09

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Campus Igara

Our city, our life

Campus Igara in Porto Alegre

Ospa Arquitetura e Urbanismo

About

Campus Igara is the sports education campus of Health Sciences Federal University of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA). Brazilian studio OSPA has won the architectural competition to design the site with a proposal that includes a floating football pitch.

OSPA Architecture and Urbanism’s “two-faced” design for the 25,000-square-metre campus houses classrooms, offices and other university facilities within a pair of high-rise blocks at the two ends of the site. Between these, the architects propose a series of basketball courts sheltered beneath the elevated football pitch.

The campus will be built in two phases, using a framework that combines steel and concrete elements. Students will move to the campus after the completion of stage one.

Our city, our life

One site, two faces. Two possibilities of connecting Campus Igara with the city. The concepts “front x back,” “public x services” was never an option. A longitudinal axis, accessible and inviting, connects the two faces – interfaces. Interfaces that despite the hierarchical distinction are equally necessary to the composition of the block, whose face today reveals the scars of our housing policy. Our city, our life. On the face of the buildings, the eyes of the city.

A public space

Campus Igara is more than a public institution, it will be a public space. This is the premise and guiding goal for the development of the Campus Igara of UFCSPA. In an urban context still growing, Campus Igara emerges as a potential articulating element of both spatial and human relationships that surrounds it. A square, fluid and permeable as is supposed to be, in contrast to the volumetric density that the programmatic solution suggests in a first approach.

Beyond academic activities

The program develops within the natural extension of the sidewalk. The open space articulates the campus’s functions far beyond the academic activities. The independent access, with independent controls for various uses also encourages diversity of users. Only two high buildings housing the university activities, the rest is square.

Molding memories

Good architecture as itself presupposes a proper solution of environmental variables, as well as their complementary systems. The buildings of Campus Igara are oriented to receive lower thermal load, proper ventilation and lighting of indoor sports facilities, which have been studied extensively. However, it is noteworthy the simplification of internal flows of the campus, being through open and inviting stairs when the vertical circulation is needed, as opposed to the use of elevators, or by the approximation of the other activities of the street level.

This second constitutes the imposing gesture of the project: the relationship between the main functions of a campus and areas of informal interaction and conviviality, which allow us to go beyond the technical degree. It molds personalities. After all, what are our memories from university time?

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Companies involved

Architect

Ospa Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Av. Osvaldo Aranha, 790/4ºandar
Porto Alegre – RS
Brasil

 

Client & User

Consultants

P790 Engenharias
STM Engenheiros Associados

Team

Carolina Souza Pinto, Lucas Obino, Cristiano Selbach Carneiro, Franco Miotto, Manoela Obino, Aline Taís Comiran, Ellen Renata Bernardi, Augusto Tumelero, Matheus Lorenzet

Companies involved

Address

Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre
Sarmento Leite
245 – Centro Histórico
Porto Alegre – RS, 90050-170
Brasil

Illustrations

OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo

Author

OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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About NORD Architects

NORD Architects was established in 2003 by founding partners Johannes Molander Pedersen and Morten Rask Gregersen (both b. 1974). Mia Baarup Tofte joined the partnership in 2017. During the years we have employed a multidisciplinary staff of urban planners, architects, landscape architects, process consultants, art historians, academics within social and cultural studies along with our technical staff. We are often asked to lecture and have been taking part in conferences, exhibiti­ons and publications on several occasions.

In recent years, we have designed and innovated welfare related projects in the healthcare sector as well as educational buildings, daycare centers, sports facilities and urban spaces. NORD Architects has experienced a growing international interest in the company’s unique approach to developing projects – as regards to strategic innovation as well as design.

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Waterfront Cultural Center

Pyramids in the Port of Copenhagen

Waterfront Cultural Center
Kengo Kuma & Associates mit Cornelius Vöge, Søren Jensen und Niels Sigsgaardn

Situation

Kengo Kuma & Associates, in collaboration with Cornelius Vöge, Søren Jensen engineers and Niels Sigsgaard, won the competition to design a Waterfront Cultural Center for Copenhagen. Their project combines facilities for leisure and sports associations and harbour baths in a new and original way.

The new Waterfront Cultural Center with harbor baths at Paper Island is to highlight the significance of water in the history, culture and vibrant urban life in Copenhagen. The harbor is the gate contributing greatly to the city’s development. The waterfront has become the foreground and the background for major cultural facilities and the quality open public area that defines the urban life in the city.

The design focus is to create an experience, and not just a standalone object, in the form of the landscape, art and architecture that are unified and defined by the water. The design proposal strives to offer the diverse experiences of water in various states and conditions such as reflection of light and shadow, steam and flow that appeal to human senses.

Urban approach

The project takes place in the larger development plan of the island. Its architectural form in a series of pyramid shape is in response to the masterplan guideline to work with roof profile of Christiansholm but at the same time it expresses its unique identity. What is distinctive from the rest of the masterplan building is that the architecture does not have a single front, but it is multi directional to be easily recognized and accessible from various directions.

Waterfront Cultural Center is to offer spontaneous, open and tangible place that carries the memory of vibrant and dynamic nature of the present Paper Island. Taking advantage of the prominent corner site of the project defined in the masterplan, the ground floor plane of the indoor to outdoor and to the sea is designed in a single gesture. Landscaping the ground plane in terracing and cascading manner creates expansive, continuous perception of water surface from indoor all the way to the harbor. The design attempts to soften and dissolve the edge and blur the sense of boundary of the land.

Architectural form

The strategy of generating the architectural space structure and the form is to manipulate the composition of positive and negative volumes. A series of cone shape volumes in various proportion is generated by being pushed and pulled vertically and horizontally to create particular experiences for each program. The cone shape roofs extruded above correspond to the division of pools at the ground floor. Each pool has distinctive space in the almost exaggerated scale with concentrated light and shadow through large skylights above.

The level above the ground floor is defined as the “negatives” of these extruded roof volumes. It is an open air pool and hot bath that one would experience swimming and dipped in the “valley” among the architectural hills. The inverted cone in the central position works as structural core. It is the deepest void, “valley” among these roofs where outdoor stairwell is placed.

Brick Façade

Brick is chosen to relate to the context of the area and to highlight the quality and aesthetic of the traditional Danish craft. Its haptic texture and warm natural earthy color tones of masonry would achieve the tangible skin defining interior and exterior. The architetcs want to ecplore the potential of brick in its small scale texture being expressed in the large scale of the architecture. Its small units allows us to play with various openings and tectonics, screening natural lights and shadow that reflects on the water surface.

Waterfront Cultural Center‘s brick façade in various level opacity and transparency is to glow with warm light at night and in cold season when dark hours last long. The perforated and screened brick skin would let soft light out in distinct manner. The dust of lights and their reflection on the water would glow at night and signals the presence of the new masterplan development and expresses itself as new unique icon.

PROJECT DATA

Architect

Kengo Kuma & Associates
Yuki Ikeguchi, Marc Moukarzel, Aigerim Syzdykova, Hannah Appelgren

Project team

Associate Architect:
Cornelius Vöge
Engineering Design:
Søren Jensen engineers
Consulting architect::
Niels Sigsgaard

Illustrations

Luxigon
Kengo Kuma & Associates

Physical address

Trangravsvej 14
1436 København
Denmark

Author

Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre

Architecture is what you don't see

Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre

Steven Chilton Architects

A Sea of bamboo

Located close to Lake Taihu in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China, the Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre concept was inspired by the Sea of Bamboo Park in Yixing, the largest bamboo forest in China. The 2,000 seat theatre has been designed to house a permanent water show by Franco Dragone and it is due to open in 2019.

Appearance

The building’s appearance is composed of three primary elements: the columns, the shade canopy and the building envelope. Representing an abstract impression of a bamboo forest, the slender white columns are positioned around the perimeter of the building in such a way as to provide a screen between the building façade and surrounding landscape. The ‘bamboo’ columns clear around the various entrances to help frame the accesses into the building.

Organic qualities

The shade canopy wraps around the perimeter of the building at roof level. Conceptually, it represents the canopy of leaves that exist at the top of a bamboo forest. The canopy is made up of various triangular bays containing rows of gold anodised aluminium louvres. Each bay is orientated randomly to create an organic quality to the structure and light and shade patterns that fall across the building envelope through the day. Each bay of louvres is also set at different angles to heighten the sense of variation when viewed from different angles.

Structurally, each bay of louvres is supported on a triangular lattice structure that braces the tops of the columns and transfers their load into the primary structure of the building. The environmental purpose of the shade canopy and columns are to provide shade over the surface of the façade to passively lower the cooling load on Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre.

Outer edge

The building envelope is primarily composed of rendered and painted block-work and curtain wall glazing. The glazing is the full height of the building in and above the entrance lobby to provide maximum views into and out of the main public areas. It is fritted with white and gold stripes that travel the full height of the building mimicking the ‘bamboo’ columns and contributing to the effect of the building being the outer edge of a forest of bamboo.

Ethereal beacon

At night, the building envelop is illuminated from below, becoming an ethereal beacon, glimpsed between the forest of ‘bamboo’ columns, drawing spectators and audience in from across the lake and surrounding development.

The theatre is due to open in December 2019.

Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre is currently a finalist for the World Architecture Festival Future Project Award in the Cultural Category.

PROJECT DATA

Architect

SCA | Steven Chilton Architects

London

Client

Dalian Wanda Group

User

Dragone
Franco Dragone
Rue de Belle-Vue 23
7100 La Louvière
Belgium

Physical address

Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre
Wuxi
China

Author

Steven Chilton Architects

Illustrations

Steven Chilton Architects

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Opening

2019

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Quzhou Sports Campus

Between Earth and Mars

Quzhou Sports Campus
MAD Architects

Construction breaks ground

Quzhou Sports Campus designed by MAD Architects has just broken ground in the historic city of Quzhou, in China’s eastern coastal province of Zhejiang.
Spanning almost 700,000 square meters, the first and second phase have a total construction area of approximately 340,000 square meters, and include a stadium (30,000 seats), gymnasium (10,000 seats), natatorium (2,000 seats), national sports complex, outdoor sports venue, science & technology museum, hotel accommodations, youth centre and retail programs.

Heritage and history

MAD’s design for Quzhou Sports Campus embeds the functions of the sports park within natural forms, creating an earth-art landscape in the center of the city – a poetic landscape that falls somewhere between that of Earth and Mars. The architects not only dream of creating an urban space about sports and ecology, but also turning it into a unique land art park for the world, establishing a relationship between the city’s heritage and history of Shanshui culture.

Quzhou

Quzhou is a city with thousands of years of history, containing deep traditional culture and philosophical ideas; complemented by beautiful scenery, with lush forestland covering more than 70% of the land.
It is the region’s profound historical culture and natural landscapes that are its most precious resources. With this in mind, MAD envisions a surreal, ethereal and tranquil artistic landscape in this modern city, like a mirage, that has the potential to become a place of spiritual belonging for the future of the city.

Moving, drifting, climbing

The perimeter of the Quzhou Sports Campus site is surrounded by a dense forest of high-standing trees that secludes the uninhabited land from the city. As one enters, the view suddenly opens up towards broad horizons and the bright sky, while simultaneously appearing as a martian landscape, mysterious and illusory.
The overall environment stretches in large expanses and undulates; and the terrain of the mountains exists in a way that is sometimes open, sometimes huddled, and sometimes overlapping. As people move through the park, they drift, climb, and traverse the terrain. In the middle of park, there is a lake that has also been conceived as a sunken garden. Here, one’s line of sight looks straight out across the stillness of the water, offering the experience of an untouchable spiritual atmosphere as it reflects the mountains and the sky.

Stadium

Resembling a crater, the stadium sits into the ground, forming a deep space. It is crowned by a translucent “halo” that gently hovers above the ground like a floating cloud. Its proximity to the earth makes it seem within reach – close but untouchable – inviting people to engage in a dialogue between the earth and the sky, and discover spiritual truth. The adjacent rolling “hills” on the northeast side form the gymnasium, natatorium, and training centre. Above are public spaces and natural scenery that attract people to look up and pause in a moment of contemplation.

Encourage people

The buildings in the park breakaway from that of traditional stadiums and athletic complexes that typically highlight structural power, transformed by a more intrinsic and subtle beauty.
The interiors and exteriors of the buildings are connected to nature, providing an openness towards the landscape for people from anywhere, so that they always feel like they are immersed in nature. Pathways between the mountains and the lake meander over and through the architecture. They encourage people to slowly walk around the park, run along the trails, or just enjoy a seat on the lawn to take in the scenery.

Human-scale

The “peaks” and “mountainsides” of several of the “hills” are designed with platforms or skylights that allow natural light to flood onto the interior, and provide natural ventilation through the buildings. The exteriors are covered in greenery, which while being energy-saving, are also human-scale and accessible. They invite people to climb the “mountain”, walk along the “mountain” trails, and form a closer physical and emotional connection with heaven and earth.

Spirit and mood

Quzhou Sports Campus abandons the traditional urban construction model of conventional large square landmarks. Drawing on land art and the natural landscape, it forms a unique urban space, one that is embedded in the spiritual understanding of the people, nature, and culture of the city. In the early stages of humankind entering modern civilization, the Olympics put forward the slogan: “faster, higher, stronger”. This coincides with our challenges of conquering nature in the rapid development of our modern cities over the past century. As we move forward, the future of urban development has the potential to change and open up in new directions – towards a future where we pursue the harmonious relationship between man and nature. Ma Yansong (MAD) said: “The relationship between man and nature is not only about ecology and sustainability, but it is also about spirit and mood. This is the culture and philosophy that has long existed in the history of this land and needs to be applied in the development of our future cities.”

PROJECT DATA

Architect

MAD Architects
8F, Tower A, NO. 107
North Dongsi Street, Dongcheng District
CN – Beijing 100007

Principal Partners in Charge:
MA Yansong, DANG Qun, Yosuke Hayano

Associate Partners in Charge:
LIU Huiying, Kin Li, FU Changrui

Design Team:
XU Chen, LI Guangchong, Iting Lien, LI Cunhao, LIU Hailun, LI Hui, MA Yin, Kyung Eun Na, Alessandro Fisalli, KANG Wenzhao, Thoufeeq Ahmed, ZHOU Haimeng, Neeraj Mahajan, ZHANG Yufei

Client

Quzhou West District Development Committee

Companies involved

Client: Quzhou West District Development Committee

Executive Architect:
CCDI Group
Landscape Architect:
PWP Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineer:
Schlaich Bergermann Partner
MEP Engineer:
SC Consultants Limited
Façade Consultant:
RFR Asia
Lighting Consultant:
Ning’s Field Lighting Design
Animation Support:
SAN

Author

MAD Architects

Opening

2021

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Suprematist Pool

Unusual perception

Suprematist Pool in Moscow

Access to the river

The Suprematist Pool is located in Moscow city center, over the Moskva River and next to Pushkinskii Bridge and Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure. The project is an addition to the current use of the park, where a recent project renewed its riverside edge, giving it contemporary features. The idea is to allow access to the river and establish a relation to the water component, encouraging unexplored uses on it. The possibility of generating a floating pool on the river opens a spatial perspective of the city. An important feature of the project is the composition of different floating components, that allow its use in summer, while it can be dissembled when the winter comes. It is a temporary floating element.

Pure non-objectivity

The formal composition and concept of this project is based on a famous painting by Kazimir Malevich following the precepts of Suprematism and its principles of “pure non-objectivity”. This painting is used as an aesthetic inspiration, due to its geometric composition that makes it an appropriated visual object of the Russian culture. Between abstraction and sensitivity of inhabited space, providing a socio-spatial character to pure geometric patterns. It is the purity of these patterns what define the space connections, rhythms, tensions and uses, avoiding the induction on functional pre-established shapes.

Program

Programmatically the project connects the riverbank with its interior, through a wooden deck, allowing fluid access to floating platforms that contains the pools. These platforms are interconnected and displayed according to the painting. Its structures are built in metal and wood, with glass fiber hulls in the sides joined by a steel structure geometry-stabilized from its wide beam. The project allows having independent floating platforms to ensemble or dissembling according to the seasonal needs.

Adding value

Over this deck, spatial complementary volumes such as showers and changing rooms are placed which corresponding to the Maleviche’s geometric composition, re-interpreted under volumetric properties. In its urban insertion, the floating pavilion acts as an extension of the surrounded park, linked to it and adding value of a spatial living structure. As consequence, the sense of leisure in the city space is enhanced, exacerbating spatial interpretation different from the current urban spaces; It offers a unusual perception of the city.

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Architect

100 Architects CN – Shanghai

Team

Marcial Jesus, Madalena Sales

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Red Carpet

Dream a little dream (of me)

Red Carpet in Shanghai

East Nanjing Road

Red Carpet is located in Shanghai, on East Nanjing road’s Century Square, the most famous and glamorous pedestrian street in the “heart” of the city center. The essence of this street is its commercial status, which was historically developed as a link between East and West, connecting directly the port with the city, therefore used as the principal trading platform, becoming a cultural and social active axis.

These features and its consequences on space have remained till now, being today the commercial street in Shanghai per excellence, constantly receiving thousands of pedestrians, locals and tourists, enjoying the existing multicultural mixture and its commercial stores. Currently, the Century Square is a flat car-free open area that also contains a small performance stage rarely used during most of the year. It is the only area with this condition in the whole east Nanjing road but it lacks of an attractor, a landmark for its urban scape.

Red Carpet

The project offers a different relationship with the public performance activities, engaging with the original function, but also related with a circulation corridor and exposing its seats as a massive inclined plaza towards Nanjing road.

This produces a very intense segment in the pedestrian Nanjing road. The object’s shape contains the space adding new properties. This action transforms this segment of East Nanjing in a highly stimulating space, engaging the proprioception of the passersby.

Architect

100 architects
Shanghai

Author

100 architects

Dream of fame

The Red Carpet is a space platform that incorporates the dream of fame and recognition into the existing social dynamics in East Nanjing road. It is an open amphitheater, where the show is massified, inviting passersby to enjoy vibrant shows in a surreal atmosphere of design, jewelry and glamour. The red landscape offers strong identity and therefore remarkable experiences. This atmosphere is achieved through the aesthetics of the project, which resembles a red carpet of giant proportions, folding from the storefronts of the building at the north, top to bottom generating a cavity in the same commercial axis.

The covered space on the south, under the seats structure, has two different uses. A more exposed area in direct contact with the passersby, works as an open market using the structure itself as sunshade protection. While the inner area under the structure is used as a small bar, with public toilets and others amenities.

Space and structure

The structure is made of metal trusses that generate the support for the precast concrete blocks that build the horizontal seating, while the other elements are built on red wood and red metal panels.

In the front part, the vertical metal structure is covering the buildings with perforated metal panels allowing plenty of light and air flows from the exterior, which enables to gain this massive surface for public amusements, projections and background for performances.

In the first 2 levels there are openings providing accessibility to the existing retail, even increasing its market value.

Thus, the project serves as a unified platform for socialization, where the common dream of a luxurious life becomes true; transforming common experiences into particular desired ones. The Red Carpet can modify social dynamics, transforming traditional spaces into particular valuable ones.

Tammela Stadium

Room with a view

Tammela Stadium in Tampere

Situation

Tammela Stadium is situated in the midst of residential buildings and is home to the football club Ilves in the Finnish town of Tampere. It was built in 1931, offers 5,000 seats on two different stands and is to be replaced by a new building.

New Tammela Stadium aims to unify the city structure in Tammela by reintroducing traditional closed block structure to an area that has become fragmented and incoherent. There is a green “courtyard” surrounded by a continuous low building mass housing small shops like in historic city blocks that have mostly been torn down. In the East, the block boarders Kaleva Boulevard in the same line with an old school building North of the stadium. On the Western side the block is retracted to form a small entrance square for the building and to leave enough space for the existing housing. This is how the existing row of trees can be preserved. This is important as there are only few green spaces in the area and every tree counts.

Buildings from all four sides

Surrounding the pitch with buildings from all four sides makes the block efficient and financially sustainable without making the stadium too massive in valuable historic setting. The City of Tampere aims to finance the public stadium project by selling the building right for the housing on top of the stadium. As the audience surrounds players from all four sides the bowl like space is spatially very intense. The heights of the crown like block’s tips have been carefully adapted to surrounding buildings. By pushing down the middle parts of the sides, the neighbors’ long views have been preserved and the school courtyard still gets direct sunlight. The home team of Tampere is called Ilves meaning lynx. You can see references to lynx’s ear tufts or the flight path of a football in the form of the block.

Architect

avanto architects ltd
kalevankatu 31 a
3 fi – 00100 helsinki
finland

Client

City of Tampere

Address

Kalevan puistotie 21
33500 Tampere
Finland

Aerial view

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Enter from all four corners

You may enter the stadium from all four corners. It is easy to find the entrances that are situated under the vaulted ceiling of building masses at the ends of the field. As required by UEFA, it is possible to arrange a separate entrance and stand for a visitor team. The most public functions, the restaurant and the gym, have been placed in the block corners so that they are easy to reach. The idea is to open the building for the local residents as well. All spaces are flexible and can be used by different users during different times of the day so that the use ratio of spaces can be raised. The hybrid block housing various functions is active 24/7.

The field is oriented North-South and the main stand with TV cameras is on the West side, according to UEFA instructions. As the bridge like buildings on reinforced concrete arcs on the short ends need no columns, even the end stands have unobstructed views to the field. The stands can temporarily be extended to fill the highest UEFA category 4.

Living in a stadium

As the building volume is relatively thick, many different types of housing can be built. The proposed student flats counterbalance the demographic structure of the area with mostly elderly people. Special emphases was put to the social sustainability of the project. The sense of community is created by introducing various common spaces like green conservatories and saunas with extensive roof terraces. The generous side-corridor provides extra space for storing a bicycle, urban gardening or even watching a match inside the stadium with your neighbors. The uppermost floor with curved roof houses loft apartments with varying ceiling height.

Ground plans

Elevations + Sections

Casa Futebol

The day after

Casa Futebol: Living in a World Cup stadium

White elephants

The project “Casa Futebol” proposes a mixed and sustainable use of the stadiums renovated or built for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by inserting 105m² housing modules. Casa Futebol is an architectural response to the white elephants resulting from major sports events like the Fifa World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The project was designed by Axel de Stampa et Sylvain Macaux as a part of their Think Tank “1week1project”. Casa Futebol takes into account the housing deficit in Brazil (5.2 million homes) and covers all 12 Brazilian World Cup stadiums.

Living spaces

Axel de Stampa et Sylvain Macaux insert living space into these stadiums, replacing the upper stands by prefabricated housing. Six stadiums are capable to integrate apartments in their facade: Brazilia, Mineirao, Arena Fonte Nova, Maracana, Arena Castelao and Arena Das Duna. Five of these six stadiums have been built with concrete or metal columns patterns with a 7 or 8 metres span. The prefabricated housing units can easily be inserted between the spans. The central part of the stadiums (pitch and lower stands) is not affected.

Keep the stadium alive

There are approximately 315 residential units covering the exterior facade and 315 indoor units for the Brasilia National Stadium. About 1,500 to 2,000 people could live in each stadium, in total about 20,000.

The architects are concerned about the socials context accompanying such big events. The stadiums are absurdly big, the housing issue in Brazil is so real. Cape Town Stadium, venue of the 2010 World Cup Final in South Africa, only hosted only seven matches in four years.

In their opinion, every place, whether urban, landscaped or digital, has something new to offer. To become more playful, to release a more radical emotion, to give back to the public its status as a full-fledged actor, the possibilities are infinite.

Designer

 

1 WEEK 1 PROJECT

Axel de Stampa
Sylvain Macaux

Dawn Bridge in Zhujiajiao

Bridge with grandstand

Dawn Bridge in Zhujiajiajiao

Site

The site of Dawn Bridge lies between the old town of Zhujiajiao and new residential developments, between the existing crossings of the Fangsheng Bridge (a landmark since 1571) and the Qingpu Bridge (a low-key modern road bridge). Zhujiajiao is a water town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and was established about 1,700 years ago. Archaeological findings dating back 5,000 years have also been found. 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiajiao, and many ancient buildings still line the riverbanks today.

Lightness and elegance

Given that Dawn Bridge should establish a relation with the historical and calm surrounding, the height of construction is kept intentionally low. The vertical alignment defines the sense of lightness and elegance of a bridge. MVRDV aimed at providing a graceful low curve above the water to blend with the landscape. Beyond blending, the aim is to provide a bridge for everybody. By keeping the vertical alignment to a max and a slope of 8%, the bridge becomes accessible to all people whether on foot or on wheels (bicycles and wheelchairs).

Architect

MVRDV bv Achterklooster 7 NL – 3011 RA Rotterdam

Client

Zhujiajiao Municipality

Team

Design MVRDV Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries
Design Team Wenchian Shi, Marta Pozo, Lorenzo Mattozzi with Wenzhao Jia, Cosimo Scotucci, Jose Sanmartin, Enrico Pintabona, Chi Zhang, Artemis Maneka, Cai Zheli, Ray Zhu, Jammy Zhu and Alice Huang
Visualization Antonio Luca Coco, Davide Calabrò, Giovanni Coni and Pavlos Ventouris

Author

MVRDV

Photograph

© MVRDV

Aerial view

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Delicate surrounding

The bridge further establishes a relation with the delicate surrounding by absorbing its palette of colours and materials. The grey roofs are recalled by the grey asphalt, while the white walls are expressed by the white bridge structure. The reddish wood of houses and boats becomes the cover of the pedestrian deck and landings. Finally, the green of water and nature appears in form of trees on top of the deck as in the Fangsheng Bridge.

The bridge favours the view over the old town of Zhujiajiao and maximizes the space available for pedestrians. While giving priority to pedestrians, the bridge also considers the driver experience as it winds slightly to provide ever-changing perspectives of the surrounding.

Grandstand

To minimize the noise and air pollution coming from the road bridge, the middle truss is cladded and covered by a new structure: the flat deck morphs into a tridimensional structure and becomes a tribute. The grandstand provides a viewing platform and a gathering place overlooking the water.

To provide a passage along the riverfront, the landings become staircases that allow pedestrians to cross on top. In addition, the landings themselves become a place for observing and reaching the water. By connecting directly to the water, the bridge connects with the river and the network of canals that form and identify Zhujiajiao. The inauguration of the bridge will start a virtuous process of bringing life and activities along the river banks.

Living room

The Fangsheng Bridge is already a landmark and a tourist attraction. The new link will be striking in its own right, without overshadowing history. It will serve the purpose of appreciating the surrounding: not just a link, but a new urban item.

The bridge elevation is a new horizon and the tribune a new light rising from it: they will reflect the first light of every morning in Zhujiajiao. The Dawn Bridge will be will a living room and an active part of the community, allowing people to gather, celebrate and contemplate the river landscape.

Zhangjiang Future Park

Social Catalyzer

Zhangjiang Future Park in Shanghai

Location

Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park is located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. It was established in 1992 as a site for business enterprises, R&D companies and education institutions who operate within the world of high-technology and innovation. Over time many national and international companies have chosen to settle there and today there are approximately 4,000 companies and over 100,000 workers in the area.

Besides being a business and industrial park, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park is also a residential neighbourhood for the workers’ families. The Zhangjiang community is therefore mostly constituted by highly educated people who work and study in the area. The goal of Zhangjiang Future Park is to provide the community with public facilities that are lacking in the area: a social centre where people can meet, gather, talk, learn, play and enjoy each other’s company in a high-quality and beautiful setting.

Architect

MVRDV bv
Achterklooster 7
NL-3011 RA Rotterdam

Zhangjiang Future Park

The MVRDV project for Zhangjiang Future Park aims at inserting a new urban complex that on the one hand expresses Zhangjiang’s current character and on the other hand expresses its future ambitions. Zhangjiang Future Park will be located on an island, at the crossroads of valuable green areas and water bodies. The concept stems from a combination of nature, culture, entertainment and sports.

A smart combination of these aspects is at the core of the proposal. High-quality public space and leisure activities are integrated in a park setting. The proposal combines the relaxation coming from a natural setting with the intense excitement of a city centre. Zhangjiang Future Park consists of a vertical layering of the two conditions. Park lawns and urban plazas are set at two different levels and have very different and recognizable characters. They are strongly connected by multiple paths that allow visitors to easily move from one to the other. Together they form a new hybrid morphology which responds flexibly to the needs of the Zhangjiang community at any time of the week.

Team

Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries
Wenchian Shi, Marta Pozo Gil with Marco Gazzola, Lorenzo Mattozzi, Enrico Pintabona, Chiara Girolami, Shengjie Zhan, Cai Zheli, Cosimo Scotucci, Wenzhao Jia, Emma Rubeillon, Chi Zhang, Ray Zhu, Chi Li
Antonio Luca Coco, Paolo Mossa Idra, Costanza Cuccato, Davide Calabrò, Pavlos Ventouris, Tomaso Maschietti

Master plan

Integration

The building volumes gently blend into the landscape and provide the park with activities. Multiple access points converge towards the main central square, providing each a different perception of the site. The design proposal forms an intriguing silhouette, a recognizable collection of buildings that emerge from the park: a crack in the landscape that produces urban life. People are able to walk not just around the buildings, but even on top of them, therefore experiencing radically different perspectives of the site. The green roofs programme is as lively and diverse as the park programme and strongly integrated with the buildings’ functions.

Zhangjiang Future Park is formed by four large public buildings, a library, an art centre, a performance centre and a sport centre. Together they offer an outstanding array of cultural and entertaining services within a very short walking distance in between them.

Client

Zhangjiang Group Co. Ltd.

Author

MVRDV bv
Achterklooster 7
NL-3011 RA Rotterdam
AXONOMETRY

The sports centre

The sports centre offers two main activity areas, one related to water sports and the other to ball games. A common entrance leads to both, the olympionic swimming pool and the multifunctional sports hall. The 10,000m2 of sport facilities will be exposed to the landscape and the natural light, making an indoor match feel like an outdoor event.

Address

Zhangjiang District
CN-Shanghai

Aerial view

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