Forest Green Rovers Zaha Hadid Wooden Stadium
In one of the more unlikely partnerships of 2016, Zaha Hadid Architects has been commissioned to design the new football stadium for non-league Forest Green Rovers, with a new 5,000-seat stadium to be built entirely from wood.
Though she may have passed away earlier in the year, Zaha Hadid’s internationally renowned architecture firm won a competition to design the stadium for the table-topping National League (formerly The Conference) team, seeing off competition from over 50 other entrants across the world.
The Gloucestershire team hope their new stadium will be one of the world’s most iconic, despite its relatively small size. To be constructed completely from wood and powered by sustainable energy sources, the stadium “will be the greenest football stadium in the world,” according to Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince.
“The importance of using wood is not only that it’s a naturally occurring material, it has very low carbon content – about as low as it gets for a building material. Our new stadium will have the lowest carbon content of any stadium in the world,” he added.
With icons under their belt like the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics and the Guangzhou Opera House, ZHA will build the stadium with features like an undulating bowl made up from slats of timber, giving each seat unrestricted views of the pitch.
As well as the stadium, the proposal also includes a £100 million nature reserve, a public transport hub and the restoration of Stroudwater canal in Gloucestershire. Commissioned by renewable energy company Ecotricity, one half of the Eco Park will be dedicated to sporting facilities, while the other will operate as a green technology business park. The whole site aims to be completely carbon neutral or even negative, by generating its own energy onsite.
Head over to the Zaha Hadid Architects Website to keep up to date with the Forest Green Rovers plans and check our Top 5 Zaha Hadid Buildings.