With Herzog & de Meuron‘s architecture firm proposed revamp of Chelsea FC‘s Stamford Bridge stadium unveiled this recently, BRABBU looks at all the stadiums designed by the Swiss architecture firm, which is headed by avid football fan and regular player Jacques Herzog. Discover with us, the best of football architecture!
London: plans for the rebuilding of Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC, were shown to the public this week. If approved, capacity will increase to 60,000 thanks to a design with gothic-style brick arches.
Bordeaux: framed by 900 slim white columns, the brand new 42,000-seat Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux will host matches during the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament and then become the home stadium of French team FC Girondins de Bordeaux.
Beijing: Herzog & de Meuron worked with Ai Weiwei to design Beijing National Stadium, built for the 2008 Olympic Games. Better known as the Bird’s Nest, the 91,000-capacity stadium became the symbol of both the games and China’s modernisation.
Portsmouth: this 2008 proposal for a 36,000-seater stadium for Portsmouth FC was Herzog & de Meuron’s second design for the English club, after an earlier design featuring apartments lining the stadium bowl, proposed for the city centre, was rejected.
The revised design, which would have been built on Horsea Island in Portsmouth harbour, was postponed by the credit crunch and then scrapped when Portsmouth FC went into administration. However, the slender white columns lived on in the completed design for the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux.
Munich: the Allianz Arena celebrates its 10th birthday this year. Clad in inflated ETFE panels, the stadium is home to both FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich, and changes from red to blue depending on which team is playing.
Basel: completed in 2002, the St Jacob-Park stadium in Herzog & de Mueron’s home town was their first venture into football architecture. It is home to FC Basel.