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New Tottenham Stadium


Tottenham Hotspur has unveiled their updated designs and plans for the Northumberland Development Project, which will be submitted to the London Borough of Haringey in the coming weeks.  The scheme includes a new Populous-designed stadium that will be the first of its kind in the world as well as a hotel and visitor attractions.

Described by Club Chairman Daniel Levy as “visually dramatic” and a “landmark building for Tottenham,” the new stadium will be truly perfect for both elite football (soccer) and NFL, with a state-of-the-art retractable pitch.

 


 
 
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Populous opens Arena das Dunas, Natal for 2014 Brazil World Cup


“We have designed a stadium and a masterplan that showcases the aesthetics of the beautiful surrounding area of das Dunas and will create a great atmosphere for the World Cup 2014,” said Populous senior principal Christopher Lee, who led the project.

Twenty huge aluminium petals fold around this 42,000-seat stadium that sports architecture firm Populous has completed in Rio Grande do Norte,Brazil, ahead of the FIFA World Cup kicking off this summer.  Arena das Dunas is one of six new stadiums constructed for the international football tournament in 2014 and will be used to host four group stage matches in the city of Natal.

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QPR new 40,000-seater stadium


POPULOUS  along with Sir Terry Farrell are developing the masterplan for the project, where the new QPR stadium along with a concert arena and hotel will form an entertainment and sport district at the heart of the new Queens Park masterplan.

Tony Fernandes said “‘Not only will this give us a top quality stadium to cater for QPR’s needs as the club progresses and grows over the years ahead, but we are very excited about being the driving force behind creating one of the best new urban places in the world.”

The new stadium would be part of a much bigger regeneration over hundreds of acres in the West London area which would cost an astonishing £10billion.

Tony Fernandes told the club’s official website: ‘Loftus Road is – and always will be – a special place for the club and our supporters, but we need more than an 18,000 capacity.

 


 
 
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Arena das Dunas Brazil 2014 Construction Update


Arena Das Dunas nears 80% completion in advance of the 2014 Brazilian World Cup

 

 


 
 
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Grand Stade de Casablanca


Grand Stade de Casablanca is an 80,000 capacity stadium in Casablanca, Morocco.  The luminescent white stadium shimmers in the forest setting.  Set under a soaring white roof , the stadium incorporates a “forest” of slender columns and “leaves” as a permeable facade, providing shade and allowing the cooling breeze into the stadium.  The stadium approach rises gently out of the forest, elevating the expectation of the spectators heading towards the Blanca Stade.  The complex incorporates an elite training facility and community facilities and a retail complex carefully incorporated under and adjacent to the stadium podium.

 


 
 
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New York Cosmos Stadium


The New York Cosmos, one of the most iconic clubs in soccer, spent 14 seasons in the earlier North American Soccer League (NASL) bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer history to North America, including Pelé, Giorgio Chinaglia, Franz Beckenbauer.

Christopher Lee of Populous has designed an iconic site responsive stadium to match the iconic stature of the famed New York Cosmos.

The Cosmos propose to build a 25,000-seat world class soccer stadium, a youth soccer field, and a community park. A dramatic bridge over Hempstead Turnpike would connect the southern portion to retail shops, restaurants and a hotel to the north.

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Estadio de Fútbol | Monterrey, Mexico


Christopher is the project director and designer of the new 50,000 seat for C F Monterrey.

This new world class stadium will form the heart of the restored and enhanced Parque la Pastora, Monterrey’s new recreational and leisure destination. Populous want to challenge the expectations of what a modern world class stadium can be. It will be, quite simply, a brilliant football stadium for Rayados and its fans – and the most atmospheric in Latin America, with a seating bowl that’s designed to provide a more intense atmosphere than any other in the continent. To achieve this, the spectators will be as close to the pitch as possible, with excellent views of the sport, while still enjoying an unparalleled level of spectator comfort.

 The stadium has a self-supporting tripodal structure. Air flow comes in via ‘gills’ in the facade, ventilating the stadium and keeping spectators and players comfortable. The cantilevered roof, which is a vast structure of 55 meters, also guarantees comfort within the stadium.

The stadium’s metallic ‘armature’ cladding references the industrial heritage of Monterrey. Its dramatic asymmetric sweeping form pays homage to the famous Cerro de la Silla mountain, a stunning vista of which is framed by the roof of the stadium.


 
 
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London 2012 Olympic Stadium


The 80,000 seat London Olympic Stadium marks a step change in the design of major event venues.  The origins of the design reference temporary structures of the bucolic English village fair.  The stadium is designed as a component based structure, much like the classic English Land rover discovery jeep. Utilitarian components assembled simply to create a unified functional design.  it is in it’s functionality that the true beauty of “un-styled” architecture reveals itself. The joyousness of the village fair is embraced in the collaboration with young British Artist Sophie Smallhorns’ colours on the fabric wrap that encircles the stadium; the gently twisting fabric opens up at the ground level to allow spectators to flow into the stadium and in doing so reveals the Smallhorns’ colours. In the spirit of ultimate functionality the artists colours are used to colour code way finding for the 80,000 spectators.  The stadium is the lightest and smallest footprint of recent Olympic stadia, designed to be reconfigured post-Olympics to provide a flexible legacy ranging from a 25,000 seat international athletics stadium to a larger capacity venue for a premiership football stadium.  During the 2012 Olympics the stadium must transform itself from the stage for Oscar award winning Danny Boyles’ incredible opening ceremony to the stage for the greatest Athletes in the world to compete and back again to host the spectacular closing ceremony.

 


 
 
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Sports Park | Shenzhen, China


Designed for the 2011 Universaide Games in Shenzhen, China.  The project includes 60,000 sets stadium, Indoor arena and swimming complex.  The project consists of a adaptive skin on a space frame structure that dramatically rises and falls to create structured landscape protection then recombines to form building enclosure for the 3 primary sports buildings.  The master plan and landscape design allow for connectivity to the adjoining residential and elite athletes training facilities to create post Universaide legacy for the cry of Shenzhen.

 

 


 
 
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Ipswich Town FC | UK


Christopher was the design director for the new 7000 seat Sir Bobby Robson stand for Ipswich Town FC.  The £11m stand is arranged over 2 seating tiers dramatically cantilevering the expressed form of the seating tier out over Portman Road.  The simple form of the concourse spans between two good ended volumes that house retail, restaurants and bars and act as multi-media billboards.  The composition of simple volumetric forms creates an iconic image for the stand while contextually completing the Portman Road Stadium.  Pre-cast white concrete shear walls create a civic streetscape onto Portman Road.

 

 


 
 
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World Cup 2014 Arena das Dunas | Natal, Brazil


The brief for this project was to create a ‘grand space’ for the people of Natal which would become a counterfoil to the public promenades of Brazil’s many beaches. The stadium sits within a park setting and, as well as being one of only three new stadia to be built in Brazil for the FIFA World Cup, will stage the music and cultural events of Natal. The structure’s undulating form responds to the climatic conditions of the location, shielding the spectators from direct sunlight, while allowing main stands to catch the prevailing on-shore breezes and air to flow into the seating bowl creating the stadiums distinctive dramatic asymmetric form, reminiscent of the sand dunes that form its backdrop.



 
 
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Houston Dynamo Stadium | Houston, USA


The new Houston Dynamo Stadium brings European soccer stadia design to the american soccer arena. The stadium is the key component of the regeneration of the the east downtown of Houston, that will see the east downtown transformed into a sustainable community. The 22,000 seat FIFA standard stadium with its striking armature of giant expanded metal, will stand as the icon of the new community. The stadium is designed as a multifunctional facility accommodating football (american), rugby, lacrosse and music events. In a climate where recent MLS Stadia are beginning to cost above $200m, the Dynamo Stadium sets a new standard that delivers an iconic modern FIFA compliant multi use stadium, with 34 private suites, a high end members club and unparalleled spectator facilities for a construction budget of $60m.


 
 
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Emirates Stadium | London, England


Christopher was the designer and Project Director for the Emirates Stadium.

Emirates Stadium is a striking addition to Islington’s civic architecture. Rising dramatically behind Victorian terraces, it reveals itself in unusual, unexpected vistas creating a striking juxtaposition of scale.

The materials give a clear reading of the building’s function, the aspirations of Arsenal FC and the supporters’ passions. The toughened glass plank façade at podium level responds to the more robust environment of large crowds and glazed and woven steel mesh screens overlap articulating the exposed concrete of the vertical circulation cores. A metallic under-clad roof seemingly floats above the exposed concrete seating bowl.


 
 
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Aviva Stadium | Dublin, Ireland


Aviva Stadium (previously called the New Stadium at Lansdowne Road) is the first truly site responsive stadium of its kind in the world.  Its form, mass, materials and aspect are defined by the site and its surrounds. A shimmering form of transparent ‘shingles’ rises in the east and west to position the majority of spectators in the desirable side locations of the pitch and falls in the north to minimise the impact of the building on the adjoining neighbourhoods.

The transparent roof is lowered to the southern sky to maximise the sunlight onto the high performance sports turf to ensure that the best possible playing surface is produced.  The undulating transparent form is an ephemeral addition to the skyline of Dublin. Reflecting the colour of the sky and light conditions, the building’s facade is ever changing.