One of the leading architects behind a new football stadium for Dutch club Feyenoord has told Sports Management how the development will revitalise a neglected part of Rotterdam.
David Gianotten, managing partner-architect for international studio Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), described how the firm's design for the stadium reflects the fact that sport is an integral part of the city's society and urban fabric.
"There were two previous attempts to build a new stadium for Feyenoord and they both failed," he said. "Our analysis was that they failed because it was an object driven assignment - it was purely about building a new stadium or rebuilding the old one.
"So we talked to Feyenoord, and said, you shouldn't just see this stadium as an object, you should see it as a part of the city. We want to use this opportunity to revitalise a part of Rotterdam that really needs it."
Despite regeneration "not being the first thing football boards and directors are concerned about," Gianotten said the club eventually agreed to OMA's proposal and commissioned them to design a stadium complex for the city's Veranda district.
The result is a project that will include a range of public leisure, healthcare, housing and social facilities located within the old De Kuip stadium, which will be completely redeveloped. The existing facilities will also be used to host community athletics programmes.
The regeneration will be completed by the creation of a new landmark stadium for Feyenoord, who play top-flight football in the Dutch Eredivise.
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