Scott Tallon Walker
 
 
 
 
 

Aviva Stadium

 

 

2004 - 2010
Landsdowne Road, Dublin 4

Client
LRSDC
Area
62000 sq.m

Awards
Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Best Sustainable Building - Highly Commended
2011

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Best Accessible Building
2011

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Best Leisure Building
2011

Royal Institute of British Architects / Regional Award - EU
2011

British Construction Industry Awards / International Award
2011

World Architecture Festival / ONCE prize for accessible design
2010

World Architecture Festival / Sport category - Highly Commended
2010

Green Awards / Green Building Award
2011

LAMA / Best Architect
2011

LAMA / National Impact Award
2011

LAMA / Best Civil Engineering Project Award
2011

Irish Concrete Society Awards /
2010

PLAN Expo / OPUS Award - Winner
2010

Institute of Structural Engineers / Sports & Leisure - Commended
2011

International Property Awards / The Architecture Award - Leisure & Hospitality
2010


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The Challenge

The challenge for Scott Tallon Walker who were appointed joint architects with HOK SVE (Populous) was the creation of the new international stadium for rugby and soccer at the site of the existing Lansdowne Road Stadium, Dublin, worthy of the history attached to the oldest international rugby ground in the world. The design includes the required 50,000 seating capacity and all the facilities expected in a modern stadium, and all within the existing restricted footprint.

 

The Building

The building form is a fully site responsive design solution, keeping its height at its lowest closest to the adjacent two storey houses. The site is bounded by residences and the Dodder River, and is bisected by the main Dublin to Wexford railway line. Crowd management within a residential street network, that includes a railway crossing, riverbank walkways as well as bridges over the river resulted in the inclusion of a tunnel underpass to enable the level-crossing to remain closed during events, a new passenger concourse for the railway station, upgrading of the river bank to allow safer access and to provide flood defenses, as well as the demolition of one house to create wider access to the stadium.

 

The Details

The use of a transparent shingled skin enables the organic form to wrap around the concourses, seating tiers and the pitch. The enclosure creates a highly atmospheric seating bowl, so ensuring the continuation of the ''Lansdowne Roar'', and the stadium's curvilinear form is now instantly recognisable on Dublin's skyline as Ireland's international stadium.

Watch Aviva Stadium on You Tube

Aviva Stadium publication in Architecture Ireland Magazine

Plan Magazine - Denise Maguire talks to Bryan Roe

AEC Magazine

Buro Happold - Creating Unique Geometry

Aviva Stadium - Key Facts and Figures

15th April 2011 - Aviva Stadium is the winner of the The Green Building Awards. The submission entry can be downloaded here

19th May 2011 - Aviva Stadium wins RIBA Award

13th October 2011 - Aviva Stadium wins Best International Project at the British Construction Industry Awards