Real Zaragoza Football Stadium
Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Client: Zaragoza City Council
Date: 2008 Competition
Budget: €103 million
FOA Partner in charge: Alejandro Zaera-Polo
Project Architect: Pablo Ros
Design Team: Pep Wennberg, Ravi Lopez, Robert Berenguer, Daniel Spreier, Christoph Trenner
Our proposal for the new Stadium of real Zaragoza is focused on the production of an iconic image, capable of endowing the building with such qualities that its presence may become an urban reference. This would be achieved either through its iconographic resonance with the cultural and geographical specificities, or through imagery more directly associated with Real Zaragoza.
To this end we have tried to combine these ideographical references with certain programmatic and structural requirements in the organization of the complementary programs encircling the football ground. In lieu of producing these iconographic effects through the design of an object, our proposal dematerialises the stadium trough a game of reflections. To this effect we propose to envelope the structure with a mirror-like surface that would reflect the Aragonese sky and the gathering crowds arriving at the Stadium.
These large flocking congregations will be echoed in the Stadium, therefore converted them into the true protagonist of the building, appearance. Such an envelope made of a series of reflective surface, inclined towers the sky and the ground, will be portrayed in flux the constant flow of the clouds flying over Zaragoza, and the streams of people moving in, out and around the Stadium – or quite simply circulating in the retail and recreation areas that surround the stadium, as a new public space within a new public realm.