Zaha Hadid Architects unveils timber footbridge and glass technology hubs alongside wooden stadium
Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a technology ‘glasshouses’ and a timber footbridge as part of its wooden football stadium in England, the first wooden structure of its kind.
All projects will be located on an eco park in Gloucestershire, with the slatted bridge spanning across a motorway that links the two parts of the park.
In addition to the bridge, the architecture firm has proposed a series of glass and timber buildings for the park’s Green Technology Hub.
The sporting and technological elements of the projects are tied together through the use of timber that is set to cover the facades of some of the technology hub buildings, in addition to the bridge and the stadium itself.
“The Green Technology Hub proposals apply the latest sustainable design technologies with ecologically sound materials and construction methods to create an integrated community for world-leading research and development,” said Zaha Hadid Architects.
“The bridge design creates one single, fluid form by fusing together individual timber elements,” added the studio. “This important, unifying gesture builds connections for the community, conveying Eco Park as a facility for all.”
The world’s first wooden stadium will be home to the National League football team Forest Green Rovers.
Designed to be the world’s greenest football stadium, the stadium will be constructed wholly from wood and powered by sustainable energy sources.
Both stadium and the Eco Park has been commissioned by Ecotricity, a renewable energy company, with the aim to be carbon neutral or negative by generating all sources of energy onsite.
“With Eco Park we hope to push the boundaries of sustainable development, create 4,000 jobs in the green economy, a world class football stadium and make more room for nature with a big biodiversity boost, as well as creating a new ‘gateway to Stroud’,” said Ecotricity founder Dale Vince.