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Feyenoord stadium and Varkenoord, Rotterdam
Stadium for Feyenoord and Rotterdam, Holland – design by Erick van Egeraat
3 Mar 2014
Feyenoord Stadium Rotterdam
Architects: Erick van Egeraat
Erick van Egeraat’s design for a renewed Feyenoord stadium “De Kuip” and the surrounding areas, shows how both Feyenoord and the City of Rotterdam can successfully benefit from each other. “The unique brand Feyenoord Rotterdam offers enormous potential for both the football club and the City. Both are destined and bound to support each other and my plans show that there is much to gain from an intelligent cooperation.” Erick van Egeraat has been publicly commenting about what is best for “De Kuip” since 2012. From the start he has been a strong promoter for a renewed stadium “De Kuip” together with an ambitious redevelopment of its direct surroundings.
‘De Kuip’ is an icon in the Rotterdam South district where the stadium is uniquely located on the main southern entrance to the City. But this part of Rotterdam South is currently also a highly underdeveloped problematic urban area; isolated fragments of city, largely unused parking terrains, and predominantly populated by a less affluent part of the Rotterdam population. The excellent connections to the main infrastructural arteries, the embankment of the river Maas and its vicinity to the City center, all are however potentials unequalled in the Netherlands.
Erick van Egeraat aims to unlock these potentials. His proposal uses the strong brand of Feyenoord Rotterdam to create a new sport and entertainment centre that is specifically developed not to be exclusive for football, but for everyone; a center that will play a key role in the revival of the Rotterdam South districts and will be one of the great catalysts of Rotterdam in the next twenty years. The design suggests spin-off effects to sustainably boost the urban quality, employment potential, available housing opportunities as well as a diversified mix of offices, hospitality, shopping, sports and entertainment; this will all radically increase the area’s attractiveness for investors.
‘In this era, this is the only way to make the renovation and expansion of a soccer stadium profitable. This is not a debate about just the number of chairs and the cost of those chairs, this is a fundamental question about public support, feasibility and necessity. It is about offering something good for everyone, for football fans and all others who are interested in sport, leisure and entertainment. In this area you can shop, live, work, go to a concert, to events, to meetings, AND you can enjoy a soccer game in the legendary Feyenoord stadium’ says Erick van Egeraat.
The design proposal opts to modify the original cutting edge design of the stadium by Brinkman and Van Der Vlught of 1937, as minimum as possible. The architect Erick van Egeraat updates the stadium to meet full FIFA requirements while maintaining and even improving the intimate character of the stadium. By lowering the field, 5500 chairs are added with the very best view directly next to the field. Lowering the field, plus enlarging the 2nd tier with several rows avoids the need for a third tier, which would fundamentally change the intimate character of the stadium. Adding a roof, that can be opened and closed, allows for multiple use of the stadium such as other sport events and music performances.
“The proposed strategy is entirely flexible. It allows for ambitious urban development and for a state of the art stadium which will be realized in dedicated stages, and facilitates social and commercial urban improvement. The steps in my plan to improve the stadium itself, are likely the most cost effective of all proposals provided to Feyenoord. On top of this my stadium stays closest to the original building!” Erick van Egeraat says.
The design of Erick van Egeraat revitalizes the original 1937 stadium and makes it a booster of the urban improvement of Rotterdam South. This quality of this development will be symbolized by the iconic high-rise “Feyenoord Tower” that will be visible from all over the City of Rotterdam and beyond.
Feyenoord stadium and Varkenoord images / information from Erick van Egeraat
Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam
designed by Erick van Egeraat
image from architect
Kuip Rotterdam Stadium – 11 Jun 2012
As one of the main characters in the Dutch Television-program ‘Stadium’ Architect Erick van Egeraat has presented his vision on a new Stadium venue and its value for the city of Rotterdam. As one of the few internationally active Dutch Architects Erick van Egeraat combines both the experience and skill to design venues as urban planning.
Location: Feyenoord stadium, Varkenoord, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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