Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Plans for Solar Powered Stadium in Bordeaux

by , 07/21/11

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The stadium is located in the city’s green belt district in the Lac quarter and has been designed to have a direct connection with the surrounding environment. Square in volume, the structure is surrounded on all sides by slender tree like poles that give the feeling you are walking into a forest. Inside the stadium drops down into the ground and opens up to the sky under a concave roof. All of the seats will be covered to meet the standards of spectator comfort set by UEFA and will have perfect visibility of the field.

Surrounding the stadium will be a landscaped area designed by French landscape architect Michel Desvigne and Vinci-Fayat will head up construction. Adjacent to the new stadium and situated next to the lake is a large photovoltaic plant. The project is also said to be very effective in terms of sustainable development and maintenance. Construction is expected to break ground soon to meet the scheduled completion date of 2015.

+ Stade de Bordeaux Blog

+ Herzog & de Meuron on archinform

Via Designboom

Images ©Herzog & de Meuron via The City of Bordeux

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  1. lazyreader July 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    You’re talking about professional sports where the individual athletes may be making millions of dollars. Look no further than the NBA. 20 years ago, the average basketball salary was $575,000 (adjusted for inflation, that’s about a million dollars in 2011 money) now, the average is $5,200,000, a 904% increase. They can’t afford their own buildings but can afford to pay LeBron James 23.4 million. Average MLB salary in 1970 was 20 thousand (119,000 adjusted today) where In 2005, the average salary was nearly $3.15 million.

  2. Cliff Champion July 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    ooo H&D seem to be really into the whole series of pillars look. they did a similar design for the MAM.

  3. lazyreader July 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Governments always promise jobs and wealthy when they spend your money on stadiums. Robbing the poor to build a rich man’s stadium. Look no further than the new “New York Yankees” stadium. A watchdog groups website “Field of Schemes” says it cost $2.3 billion to build. Did the successful sports tycoons who own the Yankees pay that? No. Of course not. They expect to get richer by getting you to pay for more than half of it. So even if your a Yankees fan, Red Sox fan, or someone who doesn’t follow baseball; has to pay for it. Politicians like big projects, like getting invited to sit in luxury boxes, like starring in ticker-tape parades, and they convince themselves and taxpayers that a big stadium is in the “public interest”. I don’t have a problem with opulent stadiums, I think one of the best looking stadiums is Soldier Field in Chicago or Oriole Park in Baltimore. Politicians promise that it will bring many new jobs and practically pay for itself. That’s nonsense. Stadiums cost cities far more than they return. This one in Bordeaux looks rather suburban which means they’ll draw financing from the neighboring region to pay for it. Sure, the stadium creates new jobs for the ushers, vendors, and local shops and the ubiquitous sports bar. But that’s what is seen. The unseen are the jobs not created by the money that people would’ve spent if it hadn’t been taxed to begin with. That money could have been used by entrepreneurs to start new businesses, expand existing ones, build new homes or raise capital for new research and industry. But it’s very difficult to show the people with nonexistent jobs because money was diverted, the sports execs and their politician friends continue to fleece the public. It’s a Robin Hood from the antimatter universe. Money taken from who are been poor or lower income people to help the rich avoid paying the capital costs of they’re sports mecca.

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