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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Pasaron Stadium in Pontevedra, Spain by ACXT

 
June 26th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ACXT

Facing Pontevedra, on the other side of the river Lerez, an untidy urban setting has developed with a mixture of houses and amenities. It is an environment that demands clear actions that will regenerate the urban surroundings. The renovation of the old Pasaron stadium tried to liberate space on its perimeter in order to create new urban squares and green areas for the enjoyment of neighbours  and to allow for an easier access to the stadium.

Image Courtesy © Héctor Santos-Díez

  • Architects: ACXT
  • Project: Pasaron Stadium
  • Location: Pontevedra, Spain
  • Photography: Héctor Santos-Díez
  • Client: Xunta de Galicia,  Diputación de Pontevedra, Concello de Pontevedra
  • Office : ACXT Arquitectos www.acxt.net
  • Project Director:  Galo Zayas
  • Project Architects: Jesús Llamazares, Galo Zayas
  • Other architects: José Espada, Ismael Ameneiros, José Rodríguez Laiño
  • Costs: Daniel Dapena
  • Structures: Proyecto, Alejandro Acerete, Raúl Lirola Dirección de Obra , Mecanismo S.L
  • Environmental Engineering: Carolina Muñoz
  • Electrical Engineering: José Manuel Germán
  • Telecommunications: Enrique Grandal
  • Site Supervision: Galo Zayas
  • Construction execution management: Enrique Alonso, Carlos Urdampille

Image Courtesy © Héctor Santos-Díez

  • Constructor: Oreco S.A.
  • Area. (m2 y pies2; 1ft2 = 0,093 m2): 19.975 m2            214,784 ft2
  • Price per m2 constructed: 809,73 €/ m2
  • price per seat  constructed: 809,73 €/ m2
  • price per seat  (10.844 localidades : 1.453,70 €/ localidad
  • Project: 2004/05
  • Project execution: 2006/12

The pitch is at the heart of the proposal. Its geometry defines that of the whole set, which can shelter the estimated 11,000 spectators. The impossibility of playing the matches at another location meant that the renovation works had to coincide with the normal use of the stadium. The intervention was carried out in phases, successively demolishing and rebuilding the stands, the canopies and the existing uses on each of the sides. The new grounds have two superimposed perimeter stands, concentrating all amenities in a perimeter hallway which can be accessed from both the inside and the outside of the stadium.

Image Courtesy © Héctor Santos-Díez

The first stand towards the exterior is turned into a kind of plinth, which is open to the city and configures a perimeter annulus that  allows for a clear access route to all other stands. A second stand seems to float over the previous one. The exterior space continues towards the inside forming a street with two levels. The planned amenities are located on the perimeter, open towards the exterior and the pitch. Their existence allows for an uninterrupted use of the building and the immediate urban environment. They form a vitreous ring that adapts the scale of the building to its surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Héctor Santos-Díez

Following an economy of means, the structure of the stadium is formed by concrete frames that rest upon a great wall-beam that defines the building’s envelope and configures a categorical image with random perforations and great projections that cover the exterior areas and shelter the entrances. The translucent roof allows for a uniform and faint inside illumination.

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