Space-age stadium for Real Madrid

Real Madrid

REAL MADRID has released plans for the new-look Estadio Santiago Bernabeu featuring slick and modern design features and a futuristic glowing “skin”.

The home of the world’s most valuable sports club will be wrapped in LED screens and polished mirror – making it look more like an intergalactic spaceship than a football stadium – and it’s planned to beam out images of famous moments in the club’s history from the exterior walls.

The brainchild of German architects Gerken, Marg and Partners, the new stadium will increase seating capacity to 90,000 from the current 85,454 and will feature a hotel, restaurants and shops under its roof.

“For this ‘holy grail’ we have created a glass podium designed as a communications screen displaying the history of Real Madrid, which appears as a huge screen from the outside,” Marg told CNN.

“The stadium’s skin is polished like a mirror and it will glow and vibrate thanks to the LED lighting system.”

He continued: “I think it will become one of the most iconic stadiums in the world, and the special thing is that it will sit very tightly in the centre of a vital town. Normally, if you have a stadium in the middle of town, then it tends to be a big black dirt box. It’s not a shiny thing living together with the life of the town and this will be the new effect of this building.”

The designers plan to include a video screen ‘ring’ running under the roof that can be seen by every seat in the stadium. The roof will also be retractable so other events can be staged at the location.

“We want it to be the best stadium in the world, with maximum comfort, an icon of architecture and cutting edge,” said Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid. “It will be a world symbol.”

Believed to be costing the club around €400 million, construction on the new Bernebeu is hoped to begin soon and be finished by 2020.


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