Weston Williamson unveils
shape-shifting stadium for Brasilia

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Brasilia Athletics Stadium by Weston Williamson

News: London studio Weston Williamson has won a competition to design a new athletics stadium for Brasilia with a concept for a shape-shifting structure that opens like a flower in response to wind direction and sunlight.

Brasilia Athletics Stadium by Weston Williamson

The competition called for ideas for a 70,000-seat athletics venue and Weston Williamson's winning response features a circular building with a skeletal structure modelled on the wings of a bird in flight.

Brasilia Athletics Stadium by Weston Williamson

A series of feather-like sections would make up the animated exterior. Each would be able to shift itself independently, adapting to changing weather and lighting but also creating a spectacle during ceremonial occasions.

Brasilia Athletics Stadium by Weston Williamson

"The exterior form of the new athletics stadium reflects the utopian spirit of the Brasilia plan by incorporating a geometry that is ever-changing," said the studio. "The stadium, therefore, has no fixed identity, but alters in relation to the condition of its surroundings."

Brasilia Athletics Stadium by Weston Williamson

The base of the stadium would be elevated on a wooden plinth and surrounded by pools of water and trees, using passive cooling to moderate the interior temperature.

Brasilia Athletics Stadium by Weston Williamson
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The competition, which was organised in connection with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was intended to be "design constraints free", allowing applicants to "be creative and test the boundaries of what is possible". A $12,000 prize is awarded to the winner.

Brasilia Athletics Stadium by Weston Williamson
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Other sports venues in Brazil include the National Shooting Centre and the renovated 1960s Mineirão Stadium in Belo HorizonteSee more architecture in Brazil »

Brasilia Athletics Stadium by Weston Williamson
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Here are a few words from Weston Williamson:


Weston Williamson + Partners Wins First Prize

Weston Williamson + Partners has won 1st prize in the Brasilia Athletics Stadium Competition run in connection with the upcoming Olympics.

The exterior form of the new Athletics Stadium reflects the utopian spirit of the Brasilia plan by incorporating a geometry that is ever-changing. The stadium, therefore, has no fixed identity, but alters in relation to the condition of its surroundings.

Brasilia Athletics Stadium by Weston Williamson
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The stadium references the iconographic plan for Brasilia, that represents a bird in flight, by incorporating massive feather like structures that envelop the interior. These fine structural elements shift in relation to wind direction and sunlight, meaning that the form is constantly in flux. The movable envelope also acts ceremoniously, reaching upwards to the sky when an event is about to unfold, adding another layer of visual spectacle to the games.

Brasilia Athletics Stadium by Weston Williamson
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The stadium is situated on a wooden plinth surrounded by water pools and dense greenery which helps to cool the site in the intense heat. A network of shaded facilities is situated beneath this plinth, all lit with top light from perforations within the timber structure above.

The design proposes a fluid icon, suited to an environment that is being continually redefined.

  • heavenairport

    Wonderful idea that will create a charming spectacle, but is it appropriate for athletics? Constantly altering light and shade might affect judgement of distances and depth for competitors.

  • Borges

    Build this stadium in Brasilia and it will have as much utility as a plane without wings! It is next to the most expensive soccer stadium ever built in a city that has no soccer team or athletes to use this one. Another robbery for the pleasure of our politicians!

  • Guilherme

    Just impossible to be made. In Brazil today, we are building with the technical expertise Europe had in the early 20th century. It’s been hard to work around here.

    • http://www.facebook.com/arqgraco Graco Santos

      Sorry Guilherme, the problem is not expertise, it is the lack of sense!

  • http://www.facebook.com/arqgraco Graco Santos

    Wow, someane please, answer me one thing here, and the architects received prize money to have this brilliant idea? It may only be a joke, of course!

    Do people in England watch news? Know what is happening here in Brazil? Do they know what people here think about another project of this size, in this location? Have any idea that Brasilia is a city protected by laws in Federal and District level?
    Do people in Europe one day have heard that Brasilia is a cultural site inscribed on the world heritage list by Unesco since 1987?

    Do the award-winning architects know that there are already a large stadium recently opened just 350 meters from that site and it cost a lot of money?

    A note to the authors and mainly to contest organizers, because they think they do great architecture – Go back to school! Not even the students would be allowed to make this kind of mistake. Minimally need to better understand the implantation site, learn more about my country and my people!

  • Guest

    Sorry Guilherme, the problem is not expertise, it’s the lack of sense!

  • Lele

    What a joke! No one in Brazil heard about this competition, therefore there is no value. Please, try to contact IAB – Instituto dos Arquitetos do Brasil next time you want to play more seriously.

  • balse

    Now its time to prepare the huge overbudget, if constructed as it’s described.

  • Walter White

    Just what Brazil needs right now…another stadium.