Construction begins on Bordeaux
stadium by Herzog & de Meuron

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Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux by Herzog & de Meuron

News: work has started on a football stadium in Bordeaux, France, by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

First unveiled in 2011, when it was referred to as the Stade Bordeaux Atlantique, Herzog & de Meuron's Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux will provide seating for up to 42,000 spectators.

A rectangular white roof will cover the stadium, supported by a forest of slim white columns.

The structure is expected to be completed in 2015 ready to host matches during the Euro 2016 football championship.

Last week construction began on an outdoor bathing lake in Riehen, Switzerland, also by Herzog & de Meuron.

The architects previously completed the National Stadium in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games – see all architecture by Herzog & de Meuron or see all stadiums.

Earlier this year French designer Philippe Starck and car company Peugeot unveiled a prototype bicycle for a free cycle scheme in Bordeaux – see all projects in Bordeaux.

  • Paul

    Wow, that looks absolutely incredible! Beautiful creation, thought the scale was much smaller at first. Wonder though what’s really around the park, would be nice to see some more eventually?

  • geewrw

    Beautiful rendering, but I am wondering how it will look in real life. it might become a very dark place between those columns.

  • santiago

    This already looks absolutely terrible as a rendering. Just imagine how awful this will look in real life.

  • rose

    It’s just the Kanagawa Institute of Technology on a bigger scale. It works at the smaller scale…

  • Bassam

    The columns idea reminds me of the 2008 Spanish Pavilion in Zaragoza. A work of the architect Francisco Mangado.
    http://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/2008/08/19/e

  • lpf

    Is this massive number of columns convenient for a multitudinary event such as football match!?

    Access facilities (I guess) must be one of the most important points when planning a stadium.

  • Scott W

    An incredibly elegant, straight-forward, and atmospheric design. This is Herzog & de Meuron’s work at their best, minimal but detailed, modern but expressive. Both global and local in context, and at the heart of it all a design that will hopefully create a very sensual experience for the end users.