The new 55,000 seat stadium is on the site the world’s oldest international rugby stadium, Lansdowne Road. It is shoe horned into a constrained smart suburban site. The organic form is a response to these constraints.
The stadium and its constituent components are skilfully wrapped in a skin of translucent polycarbonate shingles which forms both walls and roof. Unusually, the stadium bowl is asymmetric, more of a horseshoe in fact. At the north end, covered seating is provided in a single tier and the roof swoops down to letting light into the neighbouring terraced houses and allowing fans to enjoy views out of the stadium towards the city. At the south end daylight is reflected onto the adjacent dwellings by the polycarbonate skin.