Revealed: Rogers Stirk Harbour's first football stadium
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has revealed plans for its first ever football stadium
Designed in collaboration with Arup and Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, the proposed Estadio Nacional de Fútbol de Venezuela sits within the practice’s wider masterplan for the La Rinconada area in Caracas, Venezuela.
The 50,000 capacity scheme features a ‘lightweight, brightly coloured bicycle wheel canopy roof’.
Simon Smithson, lead partner at RSHP project, said: ‘The hillside site created an unusual challenge and the design refl ects this with terraces cut into the landscape giving way to a series of fl oating esplanades that provide access to the various levels of stadium.’
The practice began its work in the area last year (see below). The firm was initially asked to look at a new bus terminal and masterplan for the district 8.5km south-west of the capital.
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Rogers to make South American debut with Venezuelan bus terminal
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has revealed plans for a new bus terminal and masterplan in Caracas, Venezuela
The La Rinconada scheme, Rogers’ first project in South America, is 8.5km south-west of the capital.
The proposal creates a new metropolitan park to ‘protect the hillsides from further construction’ and outlines an area for a new campus and sport complex, as well as extending existing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes.
RSHP was originally approached by the mayor of Caracas, Jorge Rodriguez, to design a new bus station to replace an existing facility in La Bandera.
However, as work progressed the practice realised that a ‘strategy was required to give order to a wide range of initiatives for an area which, to date, remains a largely undeveloped green space’.
Simon Smithson, lead partner at RSHP said: ‘The mayor and his team have already done much to restore existing parks, squares and streets so that once again they are vibrant public spaces. We hope our new park and the transport interchange will contribute to the ongoing regeneration of this incredible city.’