Zaha Hadid Architects has been commissioned to design a stadium built almost entirely from wood for British football club Forest Green Rovers.
The 5,000-seat stadium is designed to be the world’s greenest football stadium, as well as being the world’s first stadium to be built completely from food. The stadium will also be powered entirely by sustainable energy sources.
The stadium comprises of an undulating bowl made from slats of timber. Each seat will be created specifically to provide uninhibited views of the pitch.
ZHA’s proposal also includes a nature reserve, a public transport hub and the restoration of Stroudwater canal in Gloucestershire, which links England with Wales.
The project is commissioned by renewable energy company Ecotricity, with the aim to create an Eco Park development which is either carbon neutral or negative, generating its own energy source.
The new wooden stadium, training pitches and a sports science hub will make up one half of the Eco Park while the other half operates as a green technology business park.
“The club’s heritage, ambition and vision reflect our own, combining the latest material research and construction techniques with new design approaches to build a more ecologically sustainable and inclusive architecture,” said ZHA director Jim Heverin.