‘Elegant’ roof of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium


Real Madrid stadium update April 2022 Image: L35 Arquitectos (LinkedIn)

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain, is undergoing total transformation – complete spruce-up, a state-of-the-art look has been lent by adding a futuristic façade, retractable roof and premium facilities.

From the structural point of view, the new roof is designed with elegance and efficiency. A compression beam rests neatly on the existing concrete columns. Supported on this outer ring, the inner ring is supported on stressed cables. The whole roof is mounted on the pitch and lifted into position.

The ‘L35 Arquitectos’ stated that although the new envelope is shaped freely, its geometry is not accidental. The curved volumes are able to reflect light in a changing way, its marked lines expressing energy and drive.

While visually dominating its surroundings, the stadium volume is adapted to the program behind it, swelling or shrinking without losing unity or character.

The ‘L35 Arquitectos’ further stated that the ventilated cladding material is designed to allow or to block sunlight through its changing pattern. The skin geometry is line-based, which allows a building process that – despite its high-tech component – is relatively simple and allows for large sections to be shop-assembled.

Real Madrid or simply Real is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid (Spain). Founded on March 6th, 1902 as Madrid Football Club, the club has traditionally worn a white home kit since inception.

Real Madrid CF is a sports entity with 119 years of history. It is the club with the most European Cups in both football (13) and basketball (10) and was awarded by FIFA as the Best Club of the 20th century. Real Madrid has millions of fans in all corners of the world, with 387 million followers on social media, and for the third consecutive year is the most valuable football club in Europe according to The European Elite 2020 report, prepared by the KPMG consultant. Real Madrid is the most valuable football brand in the world for Brand Finance for the third consecutive year and achieved the highest record in the Transparency Index of football clubs last season.

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. With a current seating capacity of 81,044, it has been the home stadium of Real Madrid since its completion in 1947. It is the second-largest stadium in Spain and third-largest home to a top-flight European club after the 99,354-capacity Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, and the 81,365-capacity Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Germany.

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