How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Could Be Turned Into Housing

By: | September 15th, 2014

Brazil may be the soccer capital of the world, but surveys show 52% of Brazilians did not support hosting the World Cup in their own country. Thousands of Brazilians lost their homes for the construction of World Cup stadiums.

The sporting event cost Brazil billions of dollars. Much of this money was spent on building stadiums. Since the World Cup is over, 12 gigantic football stadiums await their destiny in Brazil. The question is what can be done with these stadiums or how can they be used?

French architects Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux have come up with an answer. They propose to reuse the stadiums to provide affordable housing complexes to Brazilians.

While the playing field would remain intact for sports usage, the façades and some upper-level seating sections of the stadiums could be stacked with prefabricated housing units.

Each of these modular housing units will have a size of 1,130-square-feet apiece, which would be larger than the Brazilian government’s affordable public housing units starting at 377 square feet.

With the ever-growing population, this seems to be an amazing idea, though a bit unrealistic since stadiums were not designed to support hundreds of housing units. But the idea certainly will give inspiration to architects to design such venues for reuse.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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