We have been looking at a lot of stadiums lately because of the World Cup, but this unique re-envisioning of what a sports venue can be caught our eye. By bringing the fans closer to the action and lowering the visual impact of structure the design creates an open public plaza rather than a monolithic, staid form. Airy and set into the land, International Architectural Development’s design for the Alcala da Guadaira Stadium in Seville, Spain could be a future glimpse of smaller municipal stadiums.
This 10,000 seater is intended to be low-cost and low-impact by relying on prefabricated bleachers — you know the ones you got in trouble under in high school. The protective ring overhead provides shelter for the spectators but also is a strong simple form that has an organic modern appeal — intended to soften an urban landscape or compliment a rural setting. The field is sunken and the perimeter of the complex is bermed to allow the stadium to settle into the landscape. All told the effect is an intimate relationship between the players, fans, and the surroundings.