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AL_A unveils stacked football pitch concept

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Amanda Levete’s practice AL_A has released plans for stackable 5-a-side football pitches which could be temporarily installed across London

The Pitch/Pitch concept is designed to be set up in derelict or vacant sites in central London and other inner city environments.

Featuring lightweight carbon-fibre, which the practice first used in 2015 for the MPavilion in Melbourne, the pitches are arranged in a modular system.

Maximiliano Arrocet, director at AL_A, said: ‘We’ve designed this intervention to encourage the theatre of the game, with spectators and would-be players drawn in as Pitch/Pitch animates the cityscape.

‘Pitch/Pitch allows the game to retain an urban flavour, adapting to the number of players and awkward shaped sites.’

Arrocet said that the pitches – designed in partnership with Arup – would take around two weeks to assemble and the size could be adjusted due to the modular arrangement.

He added that the idea to create 5-a-side pitches stemmed from playing the game in a team with AL_A colleagues, but that the temporary spaces could be used for other activities like yoga. 

AL_A is currently looking for a financial backer with a view to implementing the scheme across London.

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