Architecture: Herzog & de Meuron
Period: 2001 – 2005
Surface area: 160 000m2
Designing the surroundings of the New Stadium on this site meant building an entire landscape. The theme and pictures of this design are developed from the specific context. The design programme and the materials for its realisation required an incursion into the landscape and suggested blending it with its surroundings. The use of plants and elements of vegetation typical for this landscape led, in the sense of a mimesis, to the integration and embedding of the complex building and an enhancement of the landscape as such. The resulting dialogue with the decisive features of this space was deliberate. The building and the landscape architecture are mutually dependent. The architectural volume is part of the city landscape and represents a kind of picture puzzle between nature and artificiality. This hybrid combination of landscape and park is intended not only as a platform for the stadium building but also as a deliberate starting-point for the assessment of today’s definition of a park.