Cleverly designed, temporary football stadiums in London
AL_A is an award-winning architecture and design studio which was founded in 2009 by the RIBA sterling prize winning architect Amanda Levete with directors Ho-Yin NG, Alice Dietsch and Maximiliano Arrocet. The company’s approach to design is that of innovation, collaboration and attention to detail. AL_A has been involved in extensive research into the use of new materials and techniques in architecture and design.
AL_A’s new project, “Pitch/Pitch” is made up of stackable football pitches which will temporarily be erected in different locations around London. This structure allows the game to retain an urban flavour, adapting to the number of players and awkwardly shaped vacant sites. “We’ve designed this intervention to encourage the theatre of the game, with spectators and would-be players drawn in as Pitch/Pitch animates the cityscape,” said AL_A director Maximiliano Arrocet. (Jessica Mairs; November 2016)
“Pitch/Pitch” is fast and easy to erect and could last for a fortnight to coincide with a World Cup tournament or last a year while the site lies dormant. Achim Menges, an architect and researcher at the school of design, said that tapping the potential of carbon fibre will revolutionise the construction industry. (www.dezeen.com;2016)
This venue can be used for alternative activities such as dance classes for children and adults during the day. AL_A are working with partners to bring this plan to reality across London once they have the necessary funding. Among the firm’s most recent projects is the MAAT contemporary art museum in Lisbon, which attracted 15,000 visitors to its opening on the 2nd of October 2016. AL_A is also currently working on a refresh of the “Galeries Lafayette” department store in Paris and a mosque in Abu Dhabi’s World Trade Centre.
Written by Suhail Timol
19 January 2017
All images are courtesy of: http://www.ala.uk.com/