Feyenoord City Stadium
In close collaboration with OMA and Feyenoord we present the public space design for the new Feyenoord Stadium. Unlike most stadium designs this design stands out in its urban planning and landscape strategy. What is now an industrial site will transform into a new focal point of Rotterdam. Public space and stadium will form together a visual and functional beacon between the north bank and south bank of the city.
The iconic bowl shape of the 63.000 seat stadium is extended into the public concourse, that is elevated above the river like the deck of a cruise ship. Stadium and concourse will be able to host smaller and larger events year-round; all public space will be permanently accessible to the public around the event mode.
The concourse design of the new Feyenoord Stadium features a performative public space in a double role for both stadium and a new city district. On match days the crowds will gather before entering the Stadium, but the concourse will also distribute several slow traffic routes along the water and into the surrounding neighborhoods. From the concourse the visitor can view both into the stadium and out over the river in both directions of the river bend. Sports and recreational activities can take place along a year-round agenda that extends into the neighboring public spaces of the Strip, the Mallegat Park and the Waterfront.
The landscape design includes five approaches with each route reflecting the diverse atmospheres of the areas surrounding the stadium. Visitors can access the stadium and concourse via the stairways and enjoy facilities such as greenery, seating elements and playground equipment. The concourse – the outer circuit – acts as a raised square: a place to enjoy the view and the many activities all year round.