We were set the target of building one of the five best stadiums in the world Antonio Cruz co-founder Cruz y Ortiz
he striking new home for Spanish
new to help the club take another step
football side Atletico Madrid has
forward. At this moment, Atletico are already
hosted its first match – a 1-0 win
one of the top teams in Europe, and this
over La Liga side Malaga.
stadium can take them to the very top.” Cruz said the biggest challenge was unifying
The club invested a reported €300m
(US$360m, £265m) on the 68,000 capacity
the existing elements of the Estadio Olímpico
Wanda Metropolitano, replacing the Vicente
structure with the newly constructed ones.
Calderón Stadium – its home of over 50 years.
“Our answer was to cover it with a new roof,”
Spanish architecture practice Cruz y Ortiz
he said. “It brings everything together as one
were responsible for the project. Rather than
building. We’ve adopted a new technique never
building a new stadium from scratch, they
used before to make a canopy membrane – using
were tasked with renovating and expanding
an exterior steel and double height compression
the existing Estadio Olímpico de Madrid – a
ring, an interior traction ring and two sets of radial
20,000-seat athletics venue built in 1994.
cables. It’s the most innovative part of this project.”
Parts of the original concrete stand have been
The open tensile structure, built by
incorporated into the new stadium, with much of
construction firm FCC, weighs around
the remainder demolished in order for new stands
6,336 tons, and the membrane occupies
to be added, more than trebling the capacity.
a surface area of 83,053sq m.
“Our aim was not to recreate the famous
Advanced technology has also been
atmosphere or appearance of the Calderón,”
integrated into the new stadium, including
the studio’s co-founder Antonio Cruz told CLAD. “This was a new proposition, and our responsibility was to find something
Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
three jumbo screens, a videomapping facade on the exterior of the stadium, and 1,200 wifi elements to ensure easy internet access.
The stadium’s canopy membrane roof is an innovative new feature
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