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Aviva Stadium

Sport
Dublin, Ireland
POPULOUS in association with Scott Tallon Walker
2010
World Architecture Festival 2010 - Category Commendation

Aviva Stadium 
Chris Gascoigne 


The Aviva Stadium (previously called the New Stadium at Lansdowne Road) is the first truly site responsive stadium of its kind in the world. Its organic form, mass, materials and aspect are defined by the site and its surrounds. The site, in the residential district of Dublin 4, is the historic home of international rugby and football in Ireland where the first game of international rugby was played in 1876.

Its shimmering form of transparent ‘shingles’ rises in the east and west to position the majority of spectators in the desirable side locations of the pitch and falls in the north to minimise the impact of the building on the adjoining neighbourhoods. The stadium is designed to be a good neighbour – the curved shape reduces the perceived height of the building and it is designed to have low levels of noise break-out and of light spill at night.

The undulating transparent form is an ephemeral addition to the skyline of Dublin. Reflecting the colour of the sky and light conditions, the building’s façade is ever changing.

The building incorporates several green initiatives – an efficient steel and concrete structure to minimise the weight of steel used, recycled blast-furnace slag in the concrete mix to reduce cement and thereby the energy content, harvesting of rainwater to be used for watering the pitch, the use of waste heat from the generators to warm water for the toilets, as well as efficient controls on the services to reduce waste energy use.

Four seating tiers accommodate a range of seating types, the upper and lower for general admission spectators, the middle tier for premium ticketholders and a small tier about the premium one containing thirty-four private suites and a restaurant. The intensity of the Lansdowne experience is enhanced in the new stadium with 50,000 seats with unobstructed views concentrated as close to the pitch as permissible to create an atmosphere to rival that of the coliseum. Glimpses of the city from within the arena connect this intense spectator experience with Dublin; an experience unique to Aviva Stadium.

Within the stadium, double height spaces offer facilities with view to the pitch and out to the city beyond. Spectators at the new stadium will be offered world class facilities from fine dining restaurants and lounge bars to vast bars and eateries.
The tiers form a horseshoe with only a small lower tier at the North end to allow light to the adjacent houses. The innovative horse-shoe shaped roof structure suspended above the tiers results in a minimum overall height for the building. This was conceived by Paul Westbury of Buro Happold.
The innovative outer cladding is made of polycarbonate louvres. It was designed using Bentley microstation generative components (GC) software allowing a three-dimensional model to be shared by the architect, structural engineer, steel fabricator and cladding contractor.
Aviva Stadium is synonymous with a long tradition of exceptional sporting encounters and a strong symbol for modern Ireland. The new stadium will provide an international arena worthy to host a future of sporting excellence, and the design is the result of a joint partnership between Populous and Scott Tallon Walker Architects.

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POPULOUS in association with Scott Tallon Walker
 

Professional Credits »

Associate Architect
Scott Tallon Walker
Ireland

Catering Consultant
Smart Design
United Kingdom

Civil Engineer
Buro Happold
United Kingdom

Client / Developer
Irish Rugby Football Union and Football Association of Ireland, LRSDC
Ireland

Environmental Engineer
ME-Engineers
United Kingdom

Fire Safety Consultants
Michael Slattery and Associates
Ireland

Landscape Architect
Gross Max
United Kingdom

Pitch consultant
Sports Research Design Institute
United Kingdom

Services Engineers
ME-Engineers
United Kingdom

Structural Engineer
Buro Happold
United Kingdom

Transport and Crowd movement consultant
Steer Davies Gleave
United Kingdom

Transport Engineer
Buro Happold
United Kingdom