non solo sport non solo sport
jun 11, 2010

non solo sport

‘non solo sport’ urban center milan – galleria vittorio emanuele II, milan may 10 – june 30, 2010

‘camp nou stadium’, barcelona spain image © designboom

‘non solo sport’ is an exhibition hosted by comune di milano of twenty stadiums each from a different country. the objective of the exhibition is to highlight not only the architecture of stadiums, but also the characteristic of the new generation of sports facilities, examining their impact on cities – urban, architectural, economic, social – economic potential related to investment properties, multi-functionality of the structures, activities of clubs, to stimulate debate about the expectations and the quality of the italian stadiums, and finally to rethink the relationship between the stage the city and sport. here are some of the highlights.

owner: FC barcelona year of construction:1957/2014 architect: f. mitjans- miró, g. barbon and s. mauri (original) / foster + partners (renovation) stadium typology: football features: 106, 000 seats / 4000sqm of catering faciliities  / 3500sqm for vip’s lounge  /14,000sqm of shops image © designboom

‘camp nou stadium’ by f. mitjans – miró, g. barbon and s. mauri is the largest stadium in europe. to celebrate the stadium’s 50th anniversary, the entire facade will be covered by a mosaic which will highlight the team’s colors: navy and burgundy, and the colors of the catalan flag: yellow and red. the mosaic’s architect, foster, declared that he was drawing from architect antoni gaudi in a rediscovery of the age-old trencadis tradition made known by the great spanish artist.



national museum ‘bird’s nest’, beijing, china image © designboom

characterized by the movement of its upper contours and by a covering crafted on the model of a ‘bird’s nest’, ‘national stadium’ (birds nest) by herzog & de meuron takes on the softness and irregularity of natural forms inherent to the chinese traditions. the national stadium consists of a network of structural levels which form the basin of the stadium and support the immense sliding rood completely made of translucent ETFE.

owner: national stadium co. ldt year of construction/ renovation: 2004/2008 architects: herzog & de meuron / arup / china architectural design & research group / ai weiwei stadium tipology: football / athletics / concerts main topics:80, 000 permanent sports / 11,000 extra seats for olympic games image © designboom

detail of model image © designboom


‘songjang stadium’, tianjin, china image © designboom

‘songjang stadium’ by progretto CMR is characterized by four external towers, three of which will be used for administrative offices and the other for a hotel. the building is, from the functional standpoint, subdivided into four levels: the ground level will host a shopping mall, on the third and fourth levels a spa and a wellness center: the second level, on the other hand, will be entirely occupied by the terraces.

owner: sangjiang group year of construction/ renovation: 2008 (work in progress) architect: progetto CMR stadium tipology: football features:25,000 seats / 2.620 catering facilities sqm / 3.500 sqm VIP’s lounge / 7,877 shopping center sqm /6,333 hotel’s sqm image © designboom


‘wembley stadium’, london UK image © designboom

the ‘wembley stadium’, built directly where the old british imperial stadium once stood, features a reticulated arch which supports the sliding roof. its elipitcal basin with a glass base contains various public access points and amenities such as a hotel with 200 rooms. access to the stadium is provided for by a new intricate network of public transit designed to reduce air pollution to a minimum.

owner: wembley national stadium limited (the football association) year of construction: 2002/ 2007 architect: wembley national stadium limited (the football association) stadium tipology:football / rugby / athletics / american football / concerts features: 90,000 seats / 6,000 catering facilities sqm / 6,000 VIP’s lounge sqm / 10,000 shop’s sqm image © designboom

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‘aviva stadium’ dublin, ireland image © designboom

‘aviva stadium’ designed by global design practice populous is the new home for irish rugby. the layout has been calculated to optimize the spectator’s view of the playing field and toreduce to a minimum the impact of the structure upon the surrounding urban context. the special  facade / covering is made of transparent staves which  effectually cause this piece of architecture to be a reference point of the dublin skyline with its capacity to reflect the sky and to modify the perception of it according to atmospheric conditions.

owner:  irish rugby football union and football association of ireland, LRSDC year of construction/ renovation: 2007 / 2010 architect: populous / associate architects scott talllon walker stadium tipology: football, rugby, concerts features: 50,000 seats / 10,000 premium seats / 103 VIP boxes image © designboom


‘allianz arena’, munich, germany image © designboom

a futuristic interpretation of the traditional stadium. the ‘allianz arena’ by herzog & de meuron is a piece of architectural craftmanship which reinterprets and reorganizes a dilapidated area of the city. it is a building characterized by a futuristic external surface formed by cusions in ETFE, a recycleable, non deformable and long lasting material, and also by an artificial lighting system capable of changing the color and image of the entire structure in real time.

sliced profile view owner: FC bayern munchen, TSV 1860 munchen year of construction/ renovation:  2002 / 2005 architect: herzog & de meuron stadium tipology: football features: 69, 901 seats / 18 kiosks / 2 restaurants / 106 box VIP / megastores FC bayern and TSV 1860 / conference room image © designboom

front view image © designboom



‘zentralstadion leipzig’, lipsia germany image © designboom

a project involving the reclamation and restructuring of a pre-existing sporting symbol of the city of leipsig. the stadium ‘zentralstadion leipzig’ by is characterized by wirth & wirth an oval plan which optimizes the view of sporting events as well as by concentric and articulate walkways for access to the stands and by pre-existing terrace structures which, covered in grass, seem o be imperceptible vestiges of pastimes,  forming a basin which shrouds and contains the new construction.

owner: zentralstadion leipzig GmbH – besitzgesellschaft year of construction/ renovation: 2000 / 2004 architect: wirth & wirth, zech planung stadium tipology: football, concerts features: 43, 850 seats / 1000sqm business lounge / 16 VIP’s boxes image © designboom

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‘stade de la maladière’, neuchâtel, switzerland image © designboom

‘la stade de la maladière’ by geninasco delefotrie SA is a multifunctional urban structure which hosts a range of activities embracing sporting events, commercial ventures, social and public functions. a building with a transformable covering which thanks to the alternation of the transparent and opaque area, does not take on a monumental appearance but rather blends in with the surrounding urban area.

owner: service des sports de la ville de neuchâtel year of construction/ renovation: 2005 / 2007 architect: geninasco delefotrie SA stadium tipology: football / american footballl, concerts features: 11, 977 seats / 350 catering facilities sqm / 1,600 VIP’s lounge sqm / 28, 000 sqm in shop

  • and what about Souto Moura’s stadium in Braga, Portugal??

    Rita Gouveia says:

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