Zaha Hadid Architects’s new football stadium project in Gloucestershire, England, has recently gained planning permission by the local council. This was the second attempt of the studio to gain permission, because it was previously blocked, so the architects had to modify the design, and introduce new strategies that could make amends for the destruction of the original plot and its green fields.
The approved proposal included a new landscape and a synthetic pitch in artificial grass. In order to reduce noise and traffic, infrastructure and transportation were tackled differently.
The 5,000-seat timber stadium will home the Forest Green Rovers football club and will be entirely powered by renewable energy sources. Every element will be constructed of sustainably sourced timber, including the structure, roof cantilevers, and louvered cladding. Additionally, the stadium roof will be made up of a transparent membrane, which “contributes to turf growth, minimizes stark shadows for players and fans and reduces the volumetric impact of the stadium from distant views in the surrounding landscape”. The wooden structure will allow the stadium to have the lowest embodied carbon of any stadium in the world.