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SOM's London office has won an international competition with this design for the new Algarve Stadium, to be built in Faro, Portugal. SOM is working with Lisbon-based architects Regino Cruz Arquitectos e Consultores and UKbased Sport Concepts on the 30,000-seat stadium, which will be used for the 2004 European football championships.

The free-form roof structure, created from cylinder sections suspended by a steel mast and cable system, was inspired by the concept of transience and migratory birds which gather in the Algarve on their journey to Africa from Europe. Despite the win, however, SOMmanaging director Roger Whiteman said that other entrants are 'on standby' while his team convinces the client the scheme is deliverable in the timeframe and budget.

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