Stadium St. Pölten, Austria in collaboration with Philip Lutz und Elmar Ludescher
The new St. Pölten Stadium is designed as a large urban shape that is unmistakably visible from far away and which is completely built as a wooden construction over the plinth. A basket-like wooden structure forms the building’s shell, filters the daylight passing through it and simultaneously offers effective protection from the wind. A person walking into the stadium via the promenade´s raised level enters the basin, which is developed into a complete, atmospherically dense arena around the field with a continuous, homogeneous terrace. The main stand, VIP area, administration and athletes are housed in a compact, ‘passive house’ building on the stadium´s long, south-western side, which is enclosed on three sides and only opens generously towards the south in order to receive solar heat gain. The building´s shell is designed in such a way that it is possible to extend the stands from 8,000 to 13,000 seats at any time.