Futuristic sports complex set for Ethiopia

Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has won a competition to design a sports complex in Ethiopia which includes a 60,000-seat stadium excavated below ground.

The complex, located in Addis Ababa, also includes an aquatics centre and athletics track.

Chris Bosse, LAVA director, said: “We have gone back to the very origin of stadium design with a sunken arena surrounded by grandstands formed from excavated material.

“This man-made crater is a clever remodelling of the existing terrain and generates efficient spaces, optimises environmental performance, minimises construction costs and integrates facilities within the existing landscape.”

LAVA collaborated with Designsport sports venue specialists and local Ethiopian firm JDAW.

Construction is planned to start in 2014.