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Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam

6 May 2021

New Feyenoord Stadium

Design: OMA

Location: Rotterdam, Holland

Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam

Fondly referred to as De Kuip (or the tub) in Rotterdam, Feyenoord’s stadium in the city’s south has been home to the Dutch football club for over eighty years. When completed in 1937, the stadium structure—built entirely with steel and concrete tiers and including a curved, cantilevered stand—was a forerunner in modernist football stadium.

Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam

Feyenoord’s current ambitions to further strengthen the football club, in combination with the municipality of Rotterdam’s plan to rejuvenate the area of Rotterdam-Zuid, have led to the development of the new Feyenoord Stadium as part of Feyenoord City—a masterplan designed to transform Rotterdam-Zuid into a well-connected and vibrant neighbourhood for sports, recreation, and living.

Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam

Over the past decades, stadium design has been evolving in response to football clubs’ new demands, including engagement with a larger supporter base, diversification of hospitality offerings, and development of commercial opportunities. For Feyenoord, various renovations of De Kuip between the 1950s and 1990s have offered immediate solutions to the needs of the football club to upgrade the football watching experience, and to increase its business and hospitality capacity.

Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam

While catering to Feyenoord’s changing needs, these transformations also compromised the stadium’s original design intent. The new Feyenoord Stadium—proposed by OMA, Feijenoord Stadium, and the Feyenoord football club—at a new location along the Nieuwe Maas and a highly accessible transportation node, is a future-proof infrastructure for football and daily activities in the surrounding communities.

Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam

The new stadium is an ensemble of essential elements: the stand, circulation cores, the structure, and functional spaces. Each element has been logically designed to maximise performance. The three-tier stand increases the capacity of the stadium to 63,000, while placing spectators as close to the field as possible for an intimate matchexperience. All seats have an above FIFA standard C-value that ensures clear and unobstructed views of the playing field.

Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam

Twelve concrete circulation cores, with different types of stairs and elevators inside, are evenly
distributed along the perimeter of the stadium. This configuration allows a large number of visitors to efficiently move between the concourse and upper levels on event days. The bowl-shaped steel structure—a diagrid that requires less structural steel than a conventional steel frame—is the primary structure supporting the stand and its roof.

Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam

Functional spaces have been designed for specific users such as players, guests, and media. They also accommodate hospitality offerings including restaurants and multifunctional spaces.

Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam

All these elements have been assembled to form a stadium that is more than the sum of its parts: logical and functional as De Kuip and offering one of the best sightlines among stadiums of this scale, it is a truly open stadium with an public concourse on the main entry level. Designed in collaboration with LOLA Landscape Architects, this concourse is not fenced off but welcomes the public. With daily open F&B offerings, a playground, and greeneries, it is a space for football fans and the public to gather on match days, and for everyone to use for leisure activities when there are no events.

Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam

Distinctive from most contemporary stadiums designed as isolated icons—relevant only to football and detached from a city’s daily life—the new Feyenoord Stadium is a vital space in the Feyenoord City masterplan and open to public. By restoring the stadium’s historical role as a city’s significant public realm, it redefines the existing typology.

Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam

Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, NL – Building Information

Design: OMA
Status: Design Development
Clients: Stadion Feijenoord NV, Feyenoord Rotterdam NV
Location: Rotterdam
Site: Rotterdam-Zuid
Program: New football stadium Feyenoord 78.000sqm
Feyenoord Stadium Team:
Schematic Design:
Partner-in-Charge: David Gianotten
Associate-in-Charge: Kees van Casteren
Project Architect : Shinji Takagi
Team: Andrea Tabocchini, Andrew Keung, Aris Gkitzias, Emma Lubbers, Hanna Jurkowska, Lex Lagendijk, Max
Scherer, Stefano Campisi

Design Development:
Partner-in-Charge: David Gianotten
Associate-in-Charge: Kees van Casteren
Project Architect : Shinji Takagi
Team: Alex Mortiboys, Aris Gkitzias, Andrea Tabocchini, Dagna Dembiecka, Eunjin Kang, Eve Hocheng, Gaetano
Giordano, Giuseppe Dotto, Lex Lagendijk, Lucien Glass, Jingshu Li, MacAulay Brown, Marco Gambare, Maria Aller
Rey, Matvei Osipov, Niccolo Cesaris, Vitor Oliveira, Vincent Kersten, Xianming Sang

Feyenoord City Team:
Partner-in-Charge: David Gianotten
Project Manager: Max Scherer
Project Architect: Sandra Bsat
Team: Alicja Krzywinska, Ana Otelea, Andrea Verni, Caterina Corsi, Marco Gambare, Marina Bonet

Project Management: Projectbureau Feyenoord City
Landscape Architect: LOLA Landscape Architects
Cost consultant: IGG
Structure and MEP consultant: Royal Haskoning DHV
Acoustics: Event Acoustics, Peutz
Stadium Advise: The Stadium Consultancy
Fire safety: DGMR
Lighting: Philips Lighting
Vertical Transport: Techniplan
Facades: TGM
Crowd Control Simulation: InControl
Image Production: Beauty and The Bit

Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam

Image courtesy of OMA


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