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Wembley Stadium, London RIBA Competition

Wembley

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​Foster & Partners and HOK Sport © Nigel Young
Competition | Past

​Wembley Stadium

With 90,000 seats, standing almost four times the height and covering twice the area of the original, the new stadium is the largest covered arena in the world.

Invited Culture and Leisure

Foster & Partners and Populous were selected as winners of the competition

The competition was looking to select an architect, by competitive interview, to redesign Wembley Stadium, arguably the most important sports and entertainment venue in Britain. The challenge in reinventing it for a new century was to build on its heritage and yet create a venue that would be memorable and magical in its own right.

A key feature of the new stadium is its partly retractable roof, supported structurally by a 133 metre high arch, with a span of 315 metres. Dramatically illuminated at night, the arch is visible from across London.

Lord Foster said “We approached the design of the new Wembley Stadium with the ambition to over every fan and visitor an experience that would be unique and memorable.”


Awards
  • RIBA Award 2008
  • Sports and Leisure Project of the Year 2007
  • World Architecture Festival High Commendation 2007
  • Vodafone Live Music Awards - Best Live Music Venue 2007
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