This Is How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Can Now Be Turned Into Apartments


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As Germany took home the World Cup 2014 trophy this Sunday, 12 football stadiums await their destiny in Brazil. With the opening of World Cup 2014, Brazil spent billions of dollars on building new stadiums and refurbishing the old ones. It is estimated that around 170,000 citizens had to evacuate their residences in order to prepare for this mega event.

Now that Brazil won’t be hosting the world cup for a decade or so, questions ramble across the country that whether the amount spent was worth it? The initially suppressed concerns about social unrest and street crime start to surface again.

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Now some of the stadiums could be re-utilized for the Olympics 2016 after some further renovation, what might be done to make better use of rest of them? Two French architects seem to have the answer. Every week these guys, Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux solve an architectural problem on their website 1 Week 1 Project. The 29th week project ‘Casa Futebol’ had the perfect timing with the Football World Cup ending.

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The project proposes a re-appropriation of the stadiums refurbished or built during the World Cup. The heart of the project lies at 105 m2 modules of housing that can be installed between the concrete pylons. The units will be stacked over each other, thus using the otherwise wasted space. Stadiums will remain as functional as ever. A portion of the ticket sales might be used for the maintenance of the house tenants get to occupy the front-row seats.

We believe that, with the ever-growing population, this is an amazing idea to use the given space for dual purposes. We hope that the idea may inspire one of the hosting cities of Olympics or World Cup Games in future for us to witness the wonderful engineering.

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