Article source: Francisco Mangado
A soccer field has a fundamental and obvious function: to play soccer. But it also has two more functions that are not so evident but no less important. The first has to do with representation. A soccer field has become a work with certain iconic potential for the city. It can be a landmark, a building that is important not only for its quantitative characteristics, but also for its qualitative ones, a container for the dreams of the people. The second aspect stems from an obvious question: An area with the dimensions of a soccer field takes up a great expanse, which is used only on occasion. Doesn’t this result in a waste of space? The answer is clearly yes.
- Architects: Francisco Mangado
- Project: La Balastera Soccer Stadium
- Location: Palencia, España
- Photography: Roland Halbe
- Construction area: 15.200 m2
- Budget: 7.212.500 €
- Competition : 2005 First prize competition.
- Project: 2005
- Construction: 2006
- Client: Palencia city hall.
- Project management: Francisco Mangado
- Collaborators: Architecture: José M. Gastaldo, Koldo Fernández, Francesca Fiorelli, Enrique Jerez, Hugo Mónica, Ibon Vicinay.
- Structural engineering: NB 35 SL (Jesús Jiménez Cañas / Alberto López) Ingenieros.
- Contractor: UTE Nueva Balastera