‘grande stade de casablanca’ by scau in morocco
all images courtesy scau
paris based practice scau has won the international competition for the design of
‘grande stade de casablanca’, a new stadium that will serve as the home to the
morocco national football team. designed in collaboration with local firm archidesign,
the project features massive fanned-out concrete fibre blades around its perimeter,
filtering natural light and promoting cross ventilation throughout the interior.
with a capacity to hold up to 80,000 spectators, the projected completion date is set for 2013.
approach – giant openwork structure
located on a 100 hectare quarry site, the form and composition of the circular stadium
suggests an excavated mineral. the scale-like openwork structure manages the microclimate
of the interior, creating subtle shade through its islamic art-influenced latticework.
direct sunlight is eliminated through careful orientation of the blades. in the interstitial space
between the stadium itself and the open ‘envelope’ is a garden, serving both as a thermal buffer
and an interior oasis for the visitors.
view of the blades from the interior
open roof stadium
video by luxigon