The competition called for ideas for a 70,000-seat stadium for hosting local, national and international athletics and other sports events in Brasilia. Entrants were asked to explore new design ideas that would challenge the profession and encourage architectural experimentation.
Reflecting Brasilia’s masterplan
We wanted the exterior form of the new stadium to embrace the utopian spirit of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia plan with an ever-changing geometry, altering in relation to changing environmental conditions. Our stadium reflects Brasilia’s iconic ‘bird in flight’ masterplan by incorporating huge feather like structures which envelop the interior.
These fine structural elements shift in relation to wind direction and sunlight throughout the year, meaning that the form is constantly in flux. The stadium is situated on a wooden plinth surrounded by water pools and dense greenery which helps to cool the site in the intense heat. A network of shaded facilities is situated beneath this plinth, top-lit through perforations within the timber structure above.
1st Prize, Open International Architectural Ideas competition
Exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition