Colourful design for Venezuelan football ground

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has unveiled designs for a major new football stadium in Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela.

The Estadio Nacional de Fútbol de Venezuela will be the first such arena designed by the UK-based firm.

Developed in collaboration with engineers Arup and Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, it will feature a brightly coloured circular roof that the architects refer to as a “bicycle wheel canopy”. It will be located at the top of a hill, overlooking the city centre to the north east.

“The hillside site created an unusual challenge and the design reflects this with terraces cut into the landscape giving way to a series of floating esplanades that provide access to the various levels of stadium,” said Simon Smithson, the lead architect on the project.

The stadium forms part of a wider masterplan by Richard Rogers’ firm for the area known as La Rinconada, located approximately eight kilometres south west of the capital.

The football stadium will be located within the park alongside a new baseball stadium, while an existing racecourse designed by Californian architect Arthur Froehlich in the 1950s will be retained.