Stadiums designed by Herzog & de Meuron

Six football stadiums designed by Herzog & de Meuron (and one Bird's Nest)

With Herzog & de Meuron's proposed revamp of Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge stadium unveiled this week, Dezeen looks at all the stadiums designed by the Swiss firm, which is headed by avid football fan and regular player Jacques Herzog.

Proposals to revamp Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge went on public view this week
Proposals to revamp Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge went on public view this week

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.


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"We have tried to make it a place where people will really feel at home," Herzog told the Guardian. "I've never had that feeling so strongly, as when I saw my first games in Liverpool and Manchester, how much you have this sense of a club's identity in the stadium in England – more than anywhere else in Europe."

Bordeaux Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron
Completed earlier this year, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux will host Euro 2015 matches

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.

The National Stadium, better known as the Bird's Nest, became the symbol of Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games
Beijing National Stadium became the symbol of the 2008 Olympic Games

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 FC's stadium fell foul first of the credit crunch and later the club's dire financial situation
The white-columned proposal for Portsmouth FC was Herzog & de Meuron's second for the club

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 first design for Portsmouth FC featured apartments built into the stadium
The first design for Portsmouth FC featured apartments built into the stadium

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.

The Allianz Arena is home to both FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich
The Allianz Arena is home to both FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich

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.

St Jacob-Park is home to Herzog & de Meuron's local team, FC Basel
St Jacob-Park is home to Herzog & de Meuron's local team, FC Basel

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.