LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia
LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia
jun 19, 2012

LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia

‘national stadium + sports village’ by LAVA, addis ababa, ethiopia all images courtesy of LAVA

stuttgart and sydney-based architectural practice LAVA in collaboration with DESIGNSPORT and ethiopian practice JDAW have won an international competition held by the federal sport commission to design the ‘national stadium + sports village’ in addis ababa, ethiopia. a centerpiece athletic facility will be an olympic and FIFA standard venue, accommodating 60,000 spectators. the structure is recessed into a sunken area, excavating a man-made crater to set the grandstands. reshaping the existing terrain has minimized the overall costs, leading to a proposal which integrates with the landscape and offers an efficient use of spaces to optimize environmental performance. taking visual cues from the encompassing entoto hills, formed from the region’s volcanic geology.

wrapping the exterior, the facade evokes the texture of a massob, an ethiopian communal serving basket woven from grass. the modules double to mimick coffee beans, the country’s primary income. the membrane roof floats above the building, held in place with a lightweight tensile structure. supplementary structures for matches, athletic events, aquatic centers, concerts, festivals, dormitories and a headquarters for the federal sport commission will be positioned on the surrounding site. undulating expanses between the partially embedded constructs will be used for parks along with zones for hospitality, retail and commercial space will maintain the area’s vibrancy year-round, during the off-season. a central plaza will connect the different sectors of the site.

LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia facade mimics coffee beans

solar-powered umbrellas will offer shade to pedestrians. user-activated light and water features within fissures of the ground’s surface offer an animated way-finding method.

LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia interior

‘the form of the stadium structure seen from the top view also recalls coffee beans, the main source of income in ethiopia and the ‘mother womb’, the skeleton of one of the first humans, lucy, which is about 3.2 million years old.’ – daniel assefa of JDAW

LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia nighttime aerial view

LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia site plan

LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia floor plan / level 0

LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia section

LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia section

LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia exploded axonometric

LAVA: national stadium + sports village in addis ababa, ethiopia sketch

project info:

project: national stadium and sports village client: the federal sports commission of ethiopia location: addis ababa, ethiopia. size: 60 hectares program: 60,000 seat stadium; athletics track; aquatic centre; residential village; headquarters, federal sport commission; and sports halls and arenas. status: competition winner june 2012. architecture and masterplanning: LAVA laboratory for visionary architecture: chris bosse, tobias wallisser and alexander rieck with jarrod lamshed, angelo ungarelli, vivienne ni, paul bart, giulia conti, alessandra moschella, teresa goyarrola, manuel caicoya, guido rivai. sportsdesign (architecture and masterplanning) designsport: samantha cotterell, basil kalaitzis, irene roccia. local architects and engineers: jdaw architects: daniel assefa and team technical and cultural coordination: john shenton, architect, urbanist

  • this country is dying of hunger and they are going to build this???
    this world is crazy!!!!!!

    manuel says:
  • Get out that babylonia project out !!!!!!!!! burn babylon burn,, this is insane ….. no way

    jecho says:
  • Have these fools seen the state of education and sanitation in AA. What a lot of BS!

    siloboy says:
  • Could be a strategy for development

    lonerunner says:
  • out of date and out of place I would say…

    g32 says:
  • That is wonderful, Go Ethiopia Go!

    Shiferaw says:
  • Manuel,

    Actually, the country is doing a few other things while “dying of hunger” but of course excelencies like you will never get to see this.

    Perhaps we should wait until Ethiopia has the same development level of South Korea before the “do-gooders” of Western opinion give us permision to build whatever we want.

    Please excuse us, Masters, for our insolence. Perhaps a whip or two would show us the right way? Perhaps you could send another legion of college students with NGO t-shirts? Please help us, we’re ALL dying!! 😉

    Habtish says:
  • What ignorant fellows are those who would deny the \”poorer \” nations of the opportunities to take a full place in international sport. The design of this major public amenity has driven by appropriate solutions, and launched from a deep understanding of the Ethiopian social, economic and political climate. That is why the scheme won presumably. Before casting stones at good design, think of the benefits to the Nation and to its people, through greater international awareness and involvement, through economic generation and through the pride and pleasure it will bring to the many thousands who will pass through it\’s doors.

    Shenton says:
  • manuel, jecho siloboy, lonerunner and g32 what a collection of junks. Get up and see the progress of the country made for the last decade or so. You can comment what ever you like but this proud ppl don\’t need your approval to build what ever they wish. This is a great country and awesome people and doing great things quitly. Just go ahead and tell some one not to build.

    manuel, jecho siloboy, lonerunner and g32 you guys are no way to comment on some ones country. especially Ethiopia. What fkn collection of fagots.

    Bonie says:

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