London-based firm Zaha Hadid Architects has been commissioned to build the world's first wooden football (soccer) stadium. The 5,000-seat space will be constructed entirely from wood, for British football club the Forest Green Rovers. Zaha Hadid Architects won a contest, which welcomed 50 additional entries, allowing them to design the stadium for the National League club.
The "green" stadium will not only be made entirely of wood, but it will also be powered by sustainable energy sources.
"The really standout thing about this stadium is that it's going to be entirely made of wood – the first time that will have been done anywhere in the world," said Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince.
He also went on to add that "The importance of using wood is not only that it's a naturally occurring material, it has very low carbon content – about as low as it gets for a building material. Our new stadium will have the lowest carbon content of any stadium in the world. This really will be the greenest football stadium in the world."
The football stadium is expected to feature an undulating bowl, constructed from slats of timber, as the position of each seat will be calculated to give spectators uninhibited views of the field.
In addition to the stadium, the approved design proposal also includes a nature reserve, public transport hub, and the restoration of Stroudwater canal in Gloucestershire.
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