Exhibition The Contemporary Stadium, by L35 Architects

· April 17, 2024

The exhibition, located at Roca Madrid Gallery, and within the framework of FEARLESS FEST, showcases six of the most outstanding and innovative projects by L35 Architects in the sports sector, among which the Santiago Bernabéu project stands out.

With the sponsorship of Roca and the collaboration of Enrique Tomás, ECOcero, and Cement Design, the exhibition will be open to the public from April 25th to May 31st, as part of the FEARLESS FEST activities. It can be visited from Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and on Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Since the year 776 A.D. when the Greeks invented the first public precinct around a sporting facility on Mount Olympus, the typology has changed a lot, right up until the present day and the contemporary stadium. What started out as an elevated structure for accommodating spectators around a playing field has become much more complicated , to become the large infrastructure complexes of nowadays with extraordinary seating capacities, able to accommodate all sorts of events, offering ever improving services and comforts to spectators.

"It is not the structural feats or technological advances that make a stadium contemporary, but the role they play in society and its ability they have to positively influence their environment. The contemporary stadium is one that looks both inward and outward, conscious of its relevance to the urban context. It is a multifaceted and dynamic infrastructure, whose use extends throughout 365 days of the year. It is an accessible space, open to everyone, capable of entertaining and inspiring the crowds," explains Tristán López-Chicheri, Managing Partner of L35 Architects.

The exhibition showcases examples of contemporary stadiums designed by L35 Architects, each with its own characteristics and limitations, each of which has its own characteristics and limitations but all sharing a strong ambition to transcend the classic football stadium typology towards multi-use spaces, open and connected to the surrounding urban context.

The podium, the activated frontage, the plaza as access, the raised pitch, the arcades, the open stadium, the stadium entrance, the atrium, the concentration of uses, the flexibility of spaces, the massing and the built environment are amongst the architectural strategies that L35 Architects have exploited over the last decade to redesign and make the most of sporting complexes that they have taken on, transforming them into contemporary stadiums.