The Moroccan National Football team is set to have a brand new stadium designed by French studio Scau in collaboration with local, Moroccan firm Archi Design. The Grand Stade de Casablanca will be built in an old quarry and will feature passive solar design with concrete fin-like blades that promote natural ventilation. Construction on the 80,000 seat soccer stadium is expected to begin shortly and then be completed some time in 2013.
The 100 hectare site was formerly a quarry and the plans for the new stadium will take advantage of the sunken and abandoned site. Inspired by the quarry site itself, the Grand Stade de Casablanca is designed to resemble a mineral. The open air stadium is surrounded by large, perforated concrete blades, which act as a sunshade and encourage natural ventilation. In between the envelope of the blades and the interior stadium is a garden that serves as a thermal buffer and oasis for the spectators to enjoy.
Natural daylighting is allowed in through the lattice-like blades, which were carefully oriented to allow an optimum amount of sunlight to enter. The blades extend up and over to provide shade for the spectators, leaving a large hole for daylighting of the playing field. Scau and Arch Design were recently awarded first prize in the design competition for the 160,000 sq foot stadium, which should be completed in 2013.