Elegant, light and open: Herzog & de Meuron’s new stadium at Bordeaux

Able to hold over 42,000 people, the new stadium was designed by Herzog and de Meuron, architects renowned for their previous visions in Munich and Beijing. They won the international competition held in mid-2011.

 

© Francis Vigouroux

© Francis Vigouroux

 

A Stadium for Bordeaux
The new Bordeaux stadium appears light and open; it is elegant, if such a term can be used for a building of this size. Its purity and geometrical clarity inspires a sense of monumentality and gracefulness. One might be tempted to draw a comparison with a classical temple, but unlike the elevated plinth of a temple, the grand stairs of the stadium blur the boundaries between inside and outside. Countless columns standing on the stairs accompany the visitors on their way in and out of the stadium. The fusion of stairs and columns forms a gesture of openness and accessibility.

 

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“Pier Luigi Nervi and football stadiums. A successful model” exhibition at Cesena

The exhibition aims to reconstruct the creative and constructive process of the Italian engineer, illustrating Nervi´s projects for stadiums through the extensive heritage of drawings, accompanied by three-dimensional visuals and constructive models, created especially for this occasion.

 

Kuwait Sports Centre © l’Archivio Nervi at CSAC

Kuwait Sports Centre © l’Archivio Nervi at CSAC

 

Last March 30 the exhibition “Pier Luigi Nervi and football stadiums. A successful model” opened to the public at the Chiesa dello Spirito Santo in Cesena, Italy. The exhibition features a special installation containing a central core of 10 projects selected from among the architect’s planned and built football stadiums, starting with “Giovanni Berta” stadium in Florence (1929-32). The building in Florence was the first to focus the country’s attention on Pier Luigi Nervi, giving physical form to the perfect synthesis of technology and aesthetics, a typical feature of the Italian engineer and architect’s approach to design.

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