Zaha Hadid Architects and collaborators selected to lead new soccer stadium design in Aarhus
By Josh Niland|
Wednesday, Dec 14, 2022
Denmark’s second-largest city is set to add a signature piece of architecture after the announcement that a team led by Zaha Hadid Architects, Sweco, and Tredje Natur has been selected to design a new soccer stadium in Aarhus following an international competition.
The trio beat out two other finalist entries for the commission of the new Skovens Arena, which will be set amongst the city’s Marselisborg Forests and feature a single-tiered bowl design meant to bring fans as close to the action as possible in order to create an "intense" gameday experience.
“We are thrilled to be awarded this prestigious project. We see it as a recognition of our local presence in the city and understanding of the uniqueness of the place, the context, and the soul and identity connected to AGF and Aarhus,” Sweco’s Peter Kristiansen explained in a statement.
“We were the only remaining team in the final with a local office and to act as the local representative has been extremely important to us. With our partners we have designed a stadium that can’t be built anywhere but in Kongelunden in Aarhus,” Kristiansen continued.
Nicknamed the “Arena of the Forest,” the new stadium reflects its surroundings with a verticality that is expressed through a permeable exterior colonnade and timber-ribbed facade designed to support a transparent extended roof, which hovers slightly above the treeline.
Recycled concrete in the columns, upcycled and reused steel trusses, and locally-sourced timber in the facade cladding form a material palette that is representative of the project’s underlying concern for environmental impact. The site’s extant 104-year-old Stadionhallerne will also be refurbished as part of the scheme. Many components taken out of the old stadium will further enhance its sustainability aspects, while also anchoring the new design in a way that serves the fanbase with a connection to the club’s history.
ZHA Director Gianluca Racana says it will be a "new landmark for the city that incorporates the highest standards of environmental, economic, and social sustainability within in every aspect of its design and construction."
Plans are for the four-stage construction to conclude sometime in the year 2026.
pandahut · Dec 15, 22 1:41 PM
another stadium active 1/10 the year bravo!!! a pritzker winning project for sure!!!!
pandahut · Dec 15, 22 1:47 PM
Ok Chatbot ROAST THE PROJECT:
In Aarhus, a city fair,
A soccer stadium, so grand,
Designed by Zaha Hadid,
A master of her craft.
But alas, this stadium, so grand,
Will never see a game,
For it was built by slave labor,
A cruel and shameful shame.
No cheering crowds will fill its seats,
No players grace its field,
For this banal soccer stadium
Is nothing but a yield.
A symbol of greed and power,
A reminder of our past,
This Zaha Hadid project
Will never see its last.
Volunteer · Dec 15, 22 3:06 PM
Odd, one of the photos looks very similar to the refurbished 1936 Berlin stadium used in the Olympic Games.
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