Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

National Football Stadium

Date
2013-ongoing

Client
Foundation Parque Hugo Chavez

Location
Caracas, Venezuela

Construction Cost
$325,000,000

Area
121,000m²

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Overview

Estadio Nacional de Fútbol de Venezuela, Caracas - created in collaboration with engineering firms Arup and schlaich bergermann und partner - is set in parkland on a hillside overlooking the Venezuelan capital.

RSHP’s first football stadium is the result of an initial approach by Mayor Jorge Rodriguez to look at the design of a new bus station and masterplan for the area known as La Rinconada 8.5km south-west of the capital. This masterplan includes a transport interchange (linking a new bus station with existing metro and train stations) and also establishes a new metropolitan park protecting the surrounding hillsides from further development. Within the park, existing sports facilities, including the listed Arthur Froehlich-designed racecourse, will now be augmented by a new baseball stadium,

a geodesic dome for events and a colourful 50,000 capacity bowl-shaped national football stadium, providing a new focus for leisure activities in the city and an additional eight hectares of public space.

The football stadium, which features terraces cut into the hillside that give way to a series of floating esplanades providing access to the various levels, is a lightweight addition to the surrounding topography with deliberate gaps left in the structure to provide spectacular views of the city to the northeast. A brightly-coloured bicycle wheel canopy roof hovers over the complex, which will be FIFA certified and play host to Caracas FC.

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Key Facts

Date
2013-ongoing

Client
Foundation Parque Hugo Chavez

Location
Caracas, Venezuela

Construction Cost
$325,000,000

Area
121,000m²

Structural Engineer
Arup / schlaich bergermann und partner

Landscape Architect
Arquitectura y Agronomia

Team

Laurence Day

Vidal Fernandez

Tobi Frenzen

Dan Hanna

Ed Hiscock

James Leathem

Ramon Mendoza

Pedro Morales

Matilde Napoleao

Richard Rogers

Marian San Emeterio

Anna Sebastia

Simon Smithson

Soki So

Maria Taboada

Andrew Tyley

Zoe Webber

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