H&deM for Chelsea F.C.

Victorian Lightness


The Swiss partnership Herzog & de Meuron has been commissioned to build the new stadium of London’s Chelsea Football Club. The sport facility, which is to replace the current Stamford Bridge Stadium on the same spot in the British capital, will have three tiers and see its capacity increased to accommodate as many as 60,000 spectators. The irregular volume conceived by the Basel-based architectural firm will take up the entire land surface available on the site, and rest on a series of concentric slender brick piers that will wrap around the whole structure. The use of this ceramic enclosure has been inspired in the Gothic architecture and Victorian constructions that grace the surroundings, and the complex will have a lightness of expression when viewed directly, in contrast to a solidity and textural materiality when looked at obliquely. Chelsea F.C.’s revamped stadium is to date still awaiting the approval of municipal authorities.

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