Scott Tallon Walker

Aviva Stadium



2004 - 2010
Landsdowne Road, Dublin 4

62000 sq.m

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

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Best Accessible Building

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Best Leisure Building

Royal Institute of British Architects / Regional Award - EU

British Construction Industry Awards / International Award

World Architecture Festival / ONCE prize for accessible design

World Architecture Festival / Sport category - Highly Commended

Green Awards / Green Building Award

LAMA / Best Architect

LAMA / National Impact Award

LAMA / Best Civil Engineering Project Award

Irish Concrete Society Awards /

PLAN Expo / OPUS Award - Winner

Institute of Structural Engineers / Sports & Leisure - Commended

International Property Awards / The Architecture Award - Leisure & Hospitality

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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