In anticipation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia commissioned architecture firm Populous to design the new Rostov Stadium. The Rostov Stadium marks the firm’s fourth venture into Russian stadium design, and will be heavily influenced by the natural landscape of the area.
Taking a cue from the region, the design of the structure stems from the ancient earthworks located along the banks of the river, the Kurgans. The earthworks were once used as burial mounds for pagan rituals, creating indelible forms within the landscape. Similar to London’s Olympic Stadium, the new structure has an initial capacity of 45,000 seats and will later be scaled down to a more manageable 25,000 seats in legacy.
Rostov Stadium is part of a sustainable green city project for Rostov-on-Don, which will centre around the stadium and the area’s wetlands. Along with other developments, the stadium will help protect the wetlands from over-development.
The stadium is surrounded by a white shade that wraps around the circumference, allowing natural light to filter in, as well as natural air circulation, while also safeguarding fans from rain or wind. It will also cover several levels of shops on the exterior, which are open air and welcome guests at the entrance of the building.
The Rostov Arena is a planned new stadium for the city of Rostov-on-Don that will become the new home of FC Rostov. The design of the stadium is inspired by the ancient mounds of earth, Kurgans, that can be found in the region.
Rostov Arena’s original design blends harmoniously into the picturesque landscape. The shape of the arena’s roof consists of a white PVC membrane and it imitates the meanderings of the Don River. The varying heights of the stands allow spectators to savour not only what is happening on the pitch, but to also enjoy views of the Rostov-on-Don.
Architects | Populous, London, UK
Location | Rostov On Don, Russia
Technical info | PVC Roofing
Picture credits | FIFA 2018