L35 Architects touch to Club Bolívar new digs


Bolivia La Paz stadium construction starts Image: L35 Architects

L35 Architects (international architecture firm based in Paris, France) is not only remodeling the LaLiga club Real Madrid CF’s residence – the 81,044-capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain – they have also designed a new stadium in the Bolivian capital – La Paz, the new home venue of the Bolivian Primera División club – Club Bolívar.

‘arch daily’ stated that L35 Architects was selected through an international competition organized in 2021 by the Bolivian professional football club – Club Bolívar and its partner – the City Football Group, and the construction of the venue is all set to start and is expected to be completed in 2025.

The venue will come up in the site where the Estadio Libertador Simón Bolívar presently sits in the Tembladerani neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia.

Club Bolívar is a Bolivian professional football club that currently plays in the Bolivian Primera División (the top-flight professional football league in Bolivia). Founded in 1925 in honor of the Venezuelan military leader Simón Bolívar, it is the most successful and popular club in the history of Bolivian football, with 30 titles.

The Estadio Libertador Simón Bolívar is a multiuse stadium in the Tembladerani neighborhood in the City of La Paz, Bolivia. It is most often used for football matches, on club level by Club Bolívar. The stadium has a capacity to hold 5,000 spectators.

Manchester (UK)-based the City Football Group Limited is a holding company that administers association football clubs. The group is owned by three organizations, of which 81 percent is majority owned by Newton Investment and Development LLC, 18 percent by the American firm Silver Lake and one percent by Chinese firms China Media Capital and CITIC Capital.

‘arch daily’ further stated that the new venue will be built employing a new structural system of massive pillars that raises the field and the stands three meters above its level thus doubling the footprint under the stands.

The design seeks to mark a milestone in the urban fabric of La Paz, while seeking to connect with the identity of the dense urban fabric of its surroundings and its steep slopes. The exposed façades will be nothing more than their own concrete structure with textures of the formwork, to which will be added holes of generous proportions that resolve the independent accesses.

Maintained Guillermo Gusó, Architect of L35, “The urban impact of a construction of these characteristics requires internalizing the environment and adapting to the scale of the place.”

The planned venue will be able to host concerts and will boast restaurants, shops and event rooms and the facility will be open for other activities even during non-matchdays.

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