populous: christchurch stadium
populous: christchurch stadium
mar 03, 2012

populous: christchurch stadium

‘christchurch stadium’ by populous, christchurch, new zealand all images © populous

brisbane-based practice populous have begun construction for the ‘christchurch stadium’, a temporary replacement athletic facility for christchurch, new zealand, which was destroyed by an earthquake in early 2011. a symbol of the area’s renewal process, the structure is on schedule for completion in march of 2012 and will be ready for this year’s super rugby season. with an expected lifespan of 3 to 5 years, the exterior of the outdoor arena is dressed with fabric and graphics to instill an identity despite the project’s short-lived built existence.

offering the community a gathering place focused on sports, the flexible space can accommodate 18,000 spectators for both rugby and soccer matches along with concerts. the presence of a venue for events will symbolize positive steps in the city’s gradual return towards normalcy.

populous: christchurch stadium view from southwest showing stadium in 25,000 seat capacity mode

populous: christchurch stadium view from southeast showing stadium in base 18,000 seat capacity mode

populous: christchurch stadium floor plan/ level 0

populous: christchurch stadium section

populous: christchurch stadium section

populous: christchurch stadium elevation

populous: christchurch stadium elevation

  • But the uprights in the stands mean some spectators could miss some of the NZ players cheating? Surely a cantilevered solution would mean everyone could see everything? Then only the ref could miss the cheating.

    efs says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
503,296 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine