The late architect Zaha Hadid, who passed away in March, was known for creating breathtaking buildings with swooping lines and unconventional shapes. The firm that bears her name is continuing that legacy with its plans for the world’s first soccer stadium made entirely out of wood.
Zaha Hadid Architects was recently announced as the winner of an international competition to build a new stadium for the Forest Green Rovers, a soccer team that plays in England’s National League. The 5,000-seat stadium is designed to be the greenest soccer stadium in the world, which is why wood was chosen as the sole building material.
“The importance of wood is not only that it’s naturally occurring, it has very low emboddied carbon,” said team chairman Dale Vince. “When you bear in mind that around three quarters of the lifetime carbon impact of any stadium comes from its building materials, you can see why that’s so important.”
The stadium will be part of a new development named Eco Park and will include a nature reserve. The goal is for the entire development to generate its own green energy onsite and be carbon neutral or carbon negative.
Zaha Hadid Architects is known for its stadiums. The firm designed the aquatics center for the London Olympics and is working on a stadium in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup that has been compared to a vagina.