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2010 – Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Architects: Scott Tallon Walker & Populous

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Aviva Stadium, previously called the Lansdowne Road Stadium, hosted its first game of international rugby in 1878. The 50,000 seat stadium will be used for international rugby and soccer fixtures and as a concert and events venue.

The continuous curvilinear facade is clad in polycarbonate louvres that reflect light and give the building a “shimmering form of transparent shingles”. Described as “is the first truly site responsive stadium of its kind in the world. Its form, mass, materials and aspect are defined by the site and its surrounds”. A shimmering form of transparent “˜shingles’ rises in the east and west to position the majority of spectators in the desirable side locations of the pitch and falls in the north to minimise the impact of the building on the adjoining neighbourhoods. The transparent roof is lowered to the southern sky to maximise the sunlight onto the high performance sports turf to ensure that the best possible playing surface is produced.

Four seating tiers accommodate a range of seating types, from general admission to premium, with two separate tiers for private suite holders. The intensity of the Lansdowne experience is enhanced in the new stadium with 50,000 seats with unobstructed views are concentrated as close to the pitch as permissible to create an atmosphere to rival that of the coliseum. Glimpses of the city from within the arena connect this intense spectator experience with Dublin; an experience unique to Aviva Stadium.