Cities are getting crowded and space for square meter can exceed wildness dreams. Going up with constructions is rational solution, Australian farm (Arup) come with idea of building a 2 full size stadiums above Sydney Central Station.The idea sounds crazy: The re-owned architecture firm Bates Smart has proposed building a large stadium over the tracks of Sydney Central Station. Parking spaces would then be superfluous, the connection to buses and trains ideal. Fantastic parking condition and infrastructure offers a lot of space for everybody.
Space is also scarce in the metropolis of Sydney. So why not build on an existing area like the tracks of the main station? The renowned architects from Bates Smart came up with this idea when they learned of the state of New South Wales’s plans to demolish the stadium in Moore Park and build a new one in the same place. The adjacent cricket stadium should be preserved. The project is expected to cost around 600 million euros.
Converting old parking lots into the grasslands
In addition to the two stadiums, numerous parking spaces devour valuable areas on the edge of the city center. You could save that, said the architects of the Bates Smart office, which is based in Sydney and Melbourne. Because nothing is easier to reach in Sydney than the main train station. So they suggested building the new stadium above the main train station. If you then want to go to football or rugby, you no longer have to sit in the car and stand in a traffic jam, but simply drive by train, metro, tram or bus.
Sports fans then reach the stadium entrance via lifts and escalators. This is supposed to rest on a gigantic concrete slab that span the traffic junction. In addition, residential buildings are to be built above the track systems. The Moore Park, on the other hand, could be re-cultivated after the old stadium was demolished and relocated to the main train station and made available to the population as a recreation area, similar to the Central Park in New York. The huge parking lots would turn green.
Design referring to Colosseum in Rome
The architects refer to ancient Rome. “With the Colosseum, the stadium was established as a public space in the middle of the urban structure; a monumental piece of infrastructure for public spectacles. ”Today, large event venues would be relocated to the outskirts to make room for huge parking lots. Bates Smart finds this superfluous. Stadiums in the cities, on the other hand, brought about a revival. Philip Vivian, director of the architectural firm, believes the trend to outsource venues from cities is reversing. He points to the Camden Yards baseball stadium in Baltimore and Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, which would have revitalized central areas. A new stadium is also being built in Bergen, Norway.
Vivian says the plan is feasible because a stadium is relatively light. The floor load resembles a six-story building. Old engineering office (Arup) shouldn’t have problems doing the job. With the first project (Sydney Opera House in 1963) all thru to 2020 with constructions all over the world including NY water front properties, hospitals across the US, Copenhagen metro station or even almost endless bridges in China company has lot to offer.
However, it remains to be seen whether the idea of Bates Smart will prevail. The government plans to start demolishing the old stadium at the end of this year. The new building should be completed in 2022. If the station project were realized, the new stadium would not be ready so quickly because it would require completely new planning.