Schiattarella Associati will be signing the project for the modification of King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh commissioned by the General Sport Authority (GSA) and consisting of refurbishing most part of the Stadium able to guest almost 50,000 spectators.
Schiattarella Associati, in competition with other 5 internationally known architectural firms, has indeed prevailed for the planning quality of its proposal.
It is another achievement for the Rome-based firm in the Gulf Area after the Celebration Hall project in Riyadh, the Art Center project in Addirriyah and QUAM project in Qatar.
“Our proposal – Amedeo and Andrea Schiattarella state – starts from the idea of solving the new functional requirements introducing shapes and volumes that not only are integrated into the existing architecture but enhance the value of the Stadium itself.”
Therefore the idea has been to realise an artificial hill at the base of the stadium in order to link, from a functional and formal point of view, land level with the Concourse level allocating the bleachers.
By highlighting the typical veils of the covering, representing an important urban landmark of Riyadh, the artificial landscape designed by Schiattarella Associati fulfils the task of introducing another element, perfectly coherent with the context that fits rational simplification in allocating the new spaces.
Underneath the artificial hill there will be almost 1000 parking places, access areas to the West Stand that will be completely modified in order to implement spaces dedicated to spectators (about 12.000 m²) and fit FIFA requirements.
Between the hill and the Stadium a space, with a green area, will allow natural light to enter deeply inside lighting up the entrances, and act as a filter between the Stadium and parking lots.
In the next weeks the project will be delivered to GSA to start the construction tender process.
A new important project for Schiattarella Associati, which boasts a long history dating back to 1970s and a know-how linked to some of the most important projects of the last years such as the Seoul Metropolitan Museum and the Children Museum in Kyonggi.
Many important projects in Italy as well amongst which the Spanish School of Archaeology and the Pediatric Ward at the Umberto I Hospital in Rome.