This is the sort of stadium Auckland might have passed up when the politicians elected instead to do up the old dive at Eden Park, instead of making something new and exciting on the edge of the domain.
Conceptually, the new stadium is created out the of existing gardens, with the garden folded up to form the outer skin with the seating and sports “bowl” suspended within.
The reclaimed site captures a new place in the city [says the architects], with spectacular views across the ocean and out to the mountains and center city. Growing from this new coastal park, the design proposes that the land is folded open to create two garden walls, which support the venue, inserting the bowl between them. The walls become iconic elements, creating a strong and visually striking support system while leaving the ends open to connect the event inside to its urban context on the outside. The roof is a flexible system of cables and fabric to protect the fans from the elements, beautiful and unique, fluttering overhead.
A great place to watch a game of footy.