herzog & de meuron officially reveals plans for chelsea's new 60,000-seat stadium herzog & de meuron officially reveals plans for chelsea's new 60,000-seat stadium
dec 02, 2015

herzog & de meuron officially reveals plans for chelsea's new 60,000-seat stadium

 

UPDATE: on january 11, 2017, chelsea football club was granted planning permission to expand its stamford bridge home. although a significant step, the club must still obtain various other permissions before construction work can begin on site. ‘we are grateful that planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of our historic home,’ said chelsea FC in a statement. see the full design by swiss architects herzog & de meuron below.

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full article from december 2, 2015: herzog & de meuron has submitted plans to build a new stadium for english football club chelsea. the proposed 60,000-seat arena, which would be a completely new structure, is to be located on the site of the team’s current stamford bridge grounds in west london. the application comprises the demolition of the existing football stadium and other buildings on the site, and the construction of a new larger facility. other features include ancillary stadium-related uses including a club shop and museum, plus separate restaurant and café use.

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the proposed arena is to be located on the site of the football club’s current stadium
image © herzog & de meuron (also main image)

 

 

 

following initial feasibility studies which began in october 2011, the project development team consulted with herzog & de meuron in 2013 before a formal appointment followed in 2014. the brief called for a design that drew influence from the site’s particular london context, and remained consistent with the existing urban fabric.

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additional landscaping includes the construction of new external concourse areas
image © herzog & de meuron

 

 

 

the design features 264 brick piers that support a steel ring above the pitch. these columns are separate structural elements that respond to local site constraints as they rise and fall or move into and away from the body of the building. the circular ring they support will provide a consistent geometry linking all of the piers together. steel beams will extend inwards and downwards from the circular ring beam to pick up the rectilinear roof aperture that will frame the pitch below. inside, a compact three tier bowl will offer spectators much improved lines of sight and access compared to those of the existing stadium.

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iron detailing on the façade references part of the club’s emblem
image © herzog & de meuron

 

 

 

the architecture of the new stadium will provide an enrichment to the townscape and an improvement in quality and amenity over the existing eclectic collection of buildings, commented herzog & de meuron. ‘the uniform style of the redeveloped stadium will produce an instantly recognizable landmark, defining a clear identity for the football club on its historic home ground. the scheme has been designed to respond sensitively to context, incorporating many of the comments received during widely held consultations. once built, the stadium will positively transform the quality of the neighborhood’.

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the vaulted main entrance halls are carved from the building’s overall mass
image © herzog & de meuron

 

 

 

additional landscaping comprises the construction of new external concourse areas. this includes the formation of decking platforms over part of the district line and part of the southern mainline railway. pedestrian access arrangements on match days would be provided from fulham broadway station and fulham road, while vehicular access would be provided via wansdown place.

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the brick columns are separate structural elements that respond to local site constraints
image © herzog & de meuron

 

 

 

if plans are approved, chelsea would be forced to play their home games elsewhere for up to three years — potentially at the foster + partners-designed wembley stadium. a targeted completion date has been scheduled to allow chelsea to move into their new home in time for the 2020-2021 premier league season.

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the vertical piers are carved away at ground level
image © herzog & de meuron

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view from the stamford bridge entrance
image © herzog & de meuron

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a compact three tier bowl will offer spectators improved lines of sight
image © herzog & de meuron

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subject to approval, the stadium should be complete by 2020
image © herzog & de meuron

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  • Very, very massive in volume. Too big.

    henkjan van vliet says:
  • Na, das sind ja mal Pläne für ein Stadion… Eine Englische Festung… ;o)

    VG

    LARS

    Hakan Kiray says:
  • oooww, big, big mistake.
    Different for no reason other than to be different, is no way to design.
    this has no relevance to its location, and is way too heavy and imposing.
    Way too dark for fans inside and outside stadium, repelling not inviting.
    They (tellingly) don’t show the inside of the stadium and how the fans’ experience around the ground will be.
    Far too much meaningless structure and envelope.
    This is Chelsea’s third or fourth attempt on 30 years, would be pulled down within 5 years of completion.

    and
    a football team cannot survive 3 years away from its home stadium, a design should be based on 15 months construction, first and foremost. A season plus two summers.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • Exceedingly out of scale with its surroundings. Perhaps that explains the lack of views from the neighborhood.

    Steven Elbert Architect says:
  • Many of the comments so far have been about how the stadium is too big for the site, but I completely disagree. When stadiums are not in use, the area around them is often a desolate wasteland of purposeless concrete and parking lots. This design actually fits the area around it instead of leaving it empty to display its design. The effects of huge size is minimized by the tapered roof anyway, and the dark texture gives it character. Yes, the architects could have made another light, contemporary Bird’s Nest or Bordeaux Stadium, but the current design fits and matches the surrounding area.
    People don’t like the look because they’re used to stadiums being on huge city-fringe sites, where architects have ultimate design freedom; there’s little context for the architects to need to work off of. On a site like this, the stadium needs to reflect the dark textures of the surrounding area. Otherwise the stadium would just be another example of architects abandoning the region for their own egos. It’s great to see that herzog & de meuron has made a design which fits almost perfectly into the neighborhood both physically and aesthetically. Clearly, the stadium will be a major hub for the city. I just hope that nice roof is visible from the inside.

    Wesley Peisch says:
  • Very sensitive to the urban context and durable. Almost a monument out of brutalism era. Which will only not be left to abandon as many of those are, because would be linked to an hystorical institution. Quite smart. Almost Nazi architecture (compliment).
    Indeed London needs more bricks, serenity and back to the roots vibe, to fight the eclectic display of architect egos which is ruin certain areas of the city.

    Joao says:
  • I agree Mackenzie, this is way too much, doesn’t tie into the team and is too have a defined style, it seems like it’s tottering on several.

    James P. says:
  • Far from being a “big mistake” as a previous commentator has suggested – Herzog & de Meuron have demonstrated
    (in my opinion) an extremely thoughtful and beautiful response to the Stadium redevelopment.
    The use of local brick makes the proposal utterly relevant to its location. The multi columned arrangement lessens the mass whilst it maintains a strong and imposing presence which in-turn allows light to penetrate all areas.
    The previous commentator accredits the importance of the home Stadium to the success of the club, I wholeheartedly agree, this is why a good design is so crucial – however long it takes. I believe Herzog & de Meuron have met the brief perfectly and expect their design (if approved) to become a much loved London landmark.
    There is a video that illustrates the Stadium experience, inside and out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amhAqgfOpsw

    Morgan Finch says:
  • This stadium looks more like a chapel or sacred building in medieval period rather than sports complex… It is maybe an intention of H&dM as the football is regarded as new religion of modern day.

    yk says:
  • love it! the brick texture is marvelous…

    Hannes Grebin says:
  • Perfection.IN ITSELF:

    Patricia Guerreiro says:

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