May 31, 2011
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
More than your average football [soccer] stadium, the Aviva Stadium was named one of the top buildings of 2011 by The Royal Institute of British Architects with praise for its “organic form” created by the stadium’s undulating curvilinear shape. The architectural firms Populous (led by Ben Vickery) and Scott Tallon Walker (led by Bryan Roe) designed the stadium to replace the oldest sports stadium in Europe, the Lansdowne Road Stadium, which opened in 1872 with the initiative of athlete Henry Wallace Doveton Dunlop.
The new Aviva Stadium was completed in 2010 with many more innovative features in addition to its organic style. These include its seating capacity of 50,000 and designs for sustainability - not only with its rainwater harvesting, heat recovery, waterless urinals and acoustic paneling but also with its support of public transportation and its sales of local produce.
Posted by rmassare at May 31, 2011 10:00 AM