AL_A has unveiled plans for ‘pitch/pitch’, a series of stackable 5-a-side football pitches designed to be constructed on vacant sites across london. the scheme is a response to a lack of inner city sports venues, and has been conceived as a temporary installation that is both fast and easy to set up. innovative construction methods mean that a temporary stadium could be erected for two weeks to coincide with a football tournament, or remain in place for a much longer period.

AL_A pitch pitch
all images courtesy of AL_A

 

 

working with arup, amanda levete’s practice designed the modular system using a lightweight carbon-fiber structure, a material more commonly associated with the aerospace industry. AL_A previously used carbon-fiber to create a canopy of translucent ‘petals’ for melbourne’s 2015 MPavilion. the design employed composite construction methods to create a modular design comprising 13 large and 30 small petals, all held up by 95 columns.

AL_A pitch pitch
the temporary installation is both fast and easy to set up

 

 

we’ve designed this intervention to encourage the theatre of the game, with spectators and would-be players drawn in as pitch/pitch animates the cityscape,’ explains director at AL_A, maximiliano arrocet. ‘pitch/pitch allows the game to retain an urban flavor, adapting to the number of players and awkward shaped sites.’ AL_A is now working with partners with a view to financing and implementing the scheme across the UK capital.

AL_A pitch pitch
the scheme uses a lightweight carbon-fiber structure

AL_A pitch pitch
melbourne’s 2015 MPavilion / image © john gollings
see more of the project on designboom here

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