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Addis Ababa National Stadium and Sports Village

Capacity: 60,000
Scheduled groundbreaking: 2014
Design: LAVA, Designsport, JDAW







New design: Crater complex in Ethiopia

Massive, but cheap. Modern, but very traditional. These are just a few things you can say about this design that just won international competition in Addis Ababa. A national stadium to be proud of is coming.


Federal Sports Commission of Ethiopia chose the joint bid of LAVA, Designsport and JDAW and their proposition of erecting several craters in the middle of the 3,3-million metropolis of Addis Ababa.

The buildings, to form national sports complex in the future, will take from traditional Ethiopian excavated architecture and just as it happened for hundreds of years, this time also land excavated on site will be used to arrange landscape and be part of the new structures.

"We have gone back to the very origin of stadium design with a sunken arena surrounded by grandstands formed from excavated material. This man-made crater is a clever remodeling of the existing terrain and generates efficient spaces, optimizes environmental performance, minimizes construction costs and integrates facilities within the existing Landscape" said LAVA director Chris Bosse.

Not expensive, but it surely won’t be primitive as the traditional part gets combined with modern infrastructure. Central stadium of the complex will have 60,000 seats on three dynamically shaped tiers, encircling the pitch and athletics track. All this will get partially covered by translucent roof and naturally-colored mosaic facades.

Apart from the central stadium a secondary one is to be built along with indoor and outdoor natatoriums and sports halls. Then comes the new building of the Federal Sports Commission. All buildings will get connected by a central plaza with shade and fountains. Overall, the complex is to cover 60 hectares.

Construction is expected to start in 2014.
http://stadiumdb.com/news/2012/06/new_design_crater_complex_in_ethiopia
 

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Any news about the National stadium ? ^^

Besides that, Ethiopia needs at least 4 or 5 small stadium (2k/3k) with a athletic track in different regions of the country (Bekoji, Arsi,...) to give the opportunity to local clubs of running to use athletic tracks with international standard.

Hope that IAAF and former Ethiopian stars will contribute to such projects.
 

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Construction is to start soon on the new Addis Ababa National Stadium.

On Wednesday, the Ethiopian Ministry of Youth and Sports finally signed the long-anticipated deal for Ethiopia's new National Stadium, with Chinese State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. The stadium's construction will last three years and is estimated to cost 2 billion birr ($94m / €86m).

The design for the Addis Ababa National Stadium was changed in 2014.

Recent months brought issues with illegal settlements built on the 60-hectare plot for the new stadium, which was populated over the last two decades by hundreds of people in makeshift housing. 599 people were relocated from the stadium site.

Sources: StadiumDB.com and Zegabi.com
 
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