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Stadia triumph at MIPIM awards

Plans for two sporting stadia have been recognised with awards at the 11th annual MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards competition. Fernandes Arquitetos Associados’ plans for the refurbishment of the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, won the Retrofit category accolade, whilst Doha City Tennis Stadium by Arup Associates, won the Sports and Stadium category award.

Stadia - Retrofit Winner - Maracana_Fernandes Arquitetos_facade

A national symbol of Brazilian sporting excellence, the refurbished Estadio do Maracana stadium will be the centre piece of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and is set to hold a number of matches including the final. The world’s attention will return to the stadium less than two years later as it is set to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The award judges praised the project, stating that the

ingenious reworking of structure has allowed the addition of a spectacular stressed-skin roof which transforms a 1950s icon for use in the next soccer World Cup.

Plans for the 15,000 capacity Doha City Tennis Stadium feature a conical bowl and dramatic sculptural shape, surrounded by a swooping ribbon of concourses and functional accommodation at its base.

A self shading building, powered by the sun and naturally ventilated during the cool periods, the zero-carbon stadium follows the sustainability principles established in the practice’s award winning FIFA 2022 Qatar Showcase football stadium.
Paul Finch, director of the awards, said: “It’s been another impressive competition in 2013, and there have been some truly stand out projects submitted from every corner of the globe.”