Lansdowne Road Stadium (AVIVA Stadium)

Lansdowne Road Stadium (AVIVA Stadium)

Dublin, Ireland
Brett Martin

Best Project and Innovation Award 2009
Architect office: HOK-London-UK
Engineering office: Buro Happold-London-UK
Installation: Williaam Cox-Dublin-Ireland

The new all-transparent Lansdowne Road stadium (Dublin, Ireland) won the Best Project and Innovation Award because it is the first truly site-responsive stadium of its kind anywhere in the world. This is mainly because its form, mass, materials and aspect are defined by the location and its surroundings. All walls are covered with cold-line bended Lexan sheet to create movable and transparent ‘shingles’, which rise both in the east and west and fall in the north so as to minimise the impact of the building on the adjoining neighbourhoods. A transparent roof is lowered to the southern sky to maximise the sunlight and the high performance sports turf thus ensuring that the best possible playing surface is produced. Reflecting the colours of the sky and the light conditions, the façade of the buildings will be ever changing. The overall undulating transparent form will be an ephemeral addition too the skyline of Dublin. It will embrace the very best of stadium technology and stadium hospitality providing a total experience for everyone.