SAN MAMES STADIUM

Bilbao Spain

Athletic Club of Bilbao is one of the big clubs in European football and its previous stadium, over a hundred years old, was one of the legendary ones, popularly referred to as the cathedral of football.

Located practically in the same place as the existing one, the new stadium overlaps with the old San Mames. This fact forced its construction to be carried out in two phases in such a way that it prevented the team from having to play away.

Building panorama©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Building panorama©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Site ©2020 IDOM
Site ©2020 IDOM

One of the main challenges in the design of the New San Mames was maintaining the intense and magical football atmosphere of the old Cathedral. This effect has not only been sustained but increased, thoroughly satisfying the demands of one of the best fan bases in the world.

The location of the new stadium, at the end of the urban mesh of the expansion district of Bilbao, peeping over the estuary with privilege, turns the building into a piece of architecture that must be introduced categorically and with force, but at the same time, respecting the rest of the buildings that make up that area of the city. From this reflection comes one of the first aspects borne in mind for its design. That is, the perception of the erected construction as an urban building, in relation to the others and not just as simple sports facilities.

Location ©2020 IDOM
Location ©2020 IDOM
General Elevation City ©2020 IDOM
General Elevation City ©2020 IDOM
Aerial view ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Aerial view ©2020 Aitor Ortiz

It was intended for those stadium areas that are traditionally worthless to become valuable. These are located between the stadium’s perimeter and the rear part of the stands and constitute the circulation areas through which you can access and exit the stands, which are, after all, the main part of the whole football stadium.

Circulation area ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Circulation area ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Spectator stand ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Spectator stand ©2020 Aitor Ortiz

In order to give these areas an added value, the strategy of the project consisted of, not only giving them spatial features, but also making sure that they had a very intense connection with the city and the surroundings. For this purpose, a basic element that will surely give character to the New San Mames stadium is put into play on the façade. This is, the repetition of a twisted ETFE element, giving the elevation energy and unity.

Facade detail ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Facade detail ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Facade details ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Facade details ©2020 Aitor Ortiz

This element will be illuminated at night, thus creating an urban landmark over the estuary, projecting a new image of Bilbao from within, thanks to one of the most advanced dynamic lighting systems in the world.

Night view of Building ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Night view of Building ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Night view of Building ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Night view of Building ©2020 Aitor Ortiz

The roof, formed by powerful radial metal trusses orientated towards the centre of the pitch, is covered with white ETFE cushions, covering the entire stands.

Inside the stadium ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Inside the stadium ©2020 Aitor Ortiz

The set-up of the stands is totally focused on the field, maximizing the pressure that the fans exert on the game, just like in the old San Mames, known the world over for being like a pressure cooker where the public would be on top of the players.

The Stand and the Audience ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
The Stand and the Audience ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
The Stand and the Audience ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
The Stand and the Audience ©2020 Aitor Ortiz

The stadium has ample hospitality areas, with VIP boxes, premium seating and its leisure and meeting areas, restaurants, cafes, the Club’s Museum, the Official Shop and areas for meetings, as well as a sports centre open to the general public under one of its stands. Its capacity will exceed 53,000 spectators.

Players' lounge,changing room ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Players’ lounge,changing room ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
News Center ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
News Center ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Tactical Center ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Tactical Center ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Building interior ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Building interior ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Building interior ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Building interior ©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Building panorama©2020 Aitor Ortiz
Building panorama©2020 Aitor Ortiz

Drawings

Building manuscripts ©2020 IDOM
Building manuscripts ©2020 IDOM
功能分区图 ©2020 IDOM
Functional zoning map ©2020 IDOM
功能分区图 ©2020 IDOM
Functional zoning map ©2020 IDOM
Floor plan ©2020 IDOM
Floor plan ©2020 IDOM
First floor plan ©2020 IDOM
First floor plan ©2020 IDOM
Second floor plan ©2020 IDOM
Second floor plan ©2020 IDOM
Third floor plan ©2020 IDOM
Third floor plan ©2020 IDOM
Fouth floor plan ©2020 IDOM
Fouth floor plan ©2020 IDOM
Ladder plan ©2020 IDOM
Ladder plan ©2020 IDOM
Floor-Undercover-Stands ©2020 IDOM
Floor-Undercover-Stands ©2020 IDOM
Roof Floor ©2020 IDOM
Roof Floor ©2020 IDOM
Ground-floor --numbering-uses ©2020 IDOM
Ground-floor –numbering-uses ©2020 IDOM
Section-General-City ©2020 IDOM
Section-General-City ©2020 IDOM
剖面图A ©2020 IDOM
Seccion A ©2020 IDOM
Section A Detail ©2020 IDOM
Section A Detail ©2020 IDOM
Section A Detail ©2020 IDOM
Section A Detail ©2020 IDOM
Seccion B ©2020 IDOM
Seccion B ©2020 IDOM
Section B Detail ©2020 IDOM
Section B Detail ©2020 IDOM
Section-Detail-Facade ©2020 IDOM
Section-Detail-Facade ©2020 IDOM
Elevation-Northeast ©2020 IDOM
Elevation-Northeast ©2020 IDOM
Elevation--Northwest ©2020 IDOM
Elevation–Northwest ©2020 IDOM
Elevation-Southeast ©2020 IDOM
Elevation-Southeast ©2020 IDOM
Elevation-Southwest ©2020 IDOM
Elevation-Southwest ©2020 IDOM

Program Datas

Owner of the stadium San Mames Barria
Office IDOM
Main architect César A. Azcárate Gómez (IDOM)
Main architect Alberto Tijero
Project Director Oscar Malo
Deputy architect Diego Rodríguez
Project managers Alexander Zeuss,Gontzal Martínez
Collaborating architects Ricardo Moutinho,Luis Ausín
Electricity building services Álvaro Gutiérrez, Miguel García, Mikel Lotina
Mechanical building services Alberto Ribacoba、Jon Zubiaurre、Lorena Muñoz
Telecommunications building services Aritz Muñoz, Ibai Ormaza
Structures Armando Bilbao, Javier Llarena, Nerea Castro, Mikel Mendicote
Demolitions Mario Liendo
Safety and fire Luis González, Arturo Cabo
Urbanization Alberto Fuldain, Javier Durán, Jon Ochoa
Surveyors Javier Ruiz de Prada,Gabriel Bustrillo
Draughtsman Felipe Gaona
Photographer Aitor Ortiz

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