Earlier this year Herzog & de Meuron was selected to revamp the much-revered home of London's Chelsea Football Club - and the prolific Swiss architects recently unveiled their final design. Inspired by local architecture, the new stadium will be clad in a series of brick piers that will extend over the existing structure, and it will increase seating capacity to 60,000 spectators.
Currently, the Stamford Bridge stadium, which was built in 1876, holds 41,837-seats, but the new addition will see capacity increased by more than 18,000. Working with London-based Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Herzog & de Meuron will revamp the structure into a “contemporary sculpted form” through a major brick and steel addition.
The building’s large piers will support a steel ring above the field and around the perimeter of the stadium, creating a new level for extra seating and forming a covered walkway above the stadium. According to Herzog & de Meuron, the design will not only add more stadium seating with outstanding views, but will also “capture the spirit of the local heritage in a contemporary sculpted form that will respond to the local townscape and to neighbours’ views and light.”
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