Stamford Bridge stadium
In January 2017, the Switzerland-based firm Herzog & de Meuron were granted planning permission for the overhaul of Chelsea FC’s London football stadium, Stamford Bridge.
The central feature of the redevelopment, which has been designed in collaboration with London-based architectural practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, is the 264 brick piers. These are intended to completely encase the existing stadium, supporting a steel ring above the pitch, creating additional space for spectators, and increasing the capacity from 41,837 to 60,000.
The revamp was unanimously approved by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and the £500 million project is expected to be completed by 2021.
The concept behind the brick pillars is to make the stadium more ‘at home’ with the brick architecture of the local area. It has been described as a ‘high-quality piece of design and a unique architectural solution… It would have the landmark qualities of a significant sporting venue with a clear identity, and would declutter and unify the site.’
Stamford Bridge was built in 1876 and initially used for athletics, before becoming the home ground of Chelsea F.C. in 1905. Redevelopment was first proposed in 2014, with several new options explored, before a decision was made to revamp the existing stadium.
Herzog & de Meuron, who previously designed the famous Beijing National Stadium, described the appointment as “a fantastic opportunity for our practice”.
The existing Stamford Bridge:
Images and content © 2016, Herzog & de Meuron Basel.
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