The Keys To The Makeover Of The New Santiago Bernabéu

A retractable roof that closes in 15 minutes, a perimeter walk with a view of the upper part of the stadium, the characteristics of the metallic skin …

The new Santiago Bernabéu will become, after its inauguration, one of the architectural symbols of the world. That is the idea with which Florentino Pérez commissioned the project that is now being developed by the construction company FCC.

The architectural project that won the competition was led by three of the leading studios in Europe. They are L35, the Catalans Ribas and the Germans GMP. The three proudly display images, models and videos of what the transformation will be like on their official websites. The following are the keys with which these architectural studios have worked …

Total transformation.

When Florentino commissioned the contest, he made the bases clear: a total transformation of it was a fundamental requirement. And with that idea they got to work. It was asked to convert the stadium into an architectural icon, but that the result did not remember the current Bernabéu at all. It is intended to be a globally recognizable figure such as Big Ben or the Sydney Opera House.

The decisive rings.

The upper rings are essential to carry out the work while the stadium is being used. Otherwise it will be impossible. The works must be carried out from summer to summer, although this stoppage in the competition for the coronavius ​​has been essential so that the deadlines can even be shortened. Even more so if you end up playing at Alfredo Di Stéfano.

There is a first compression ring around the stadium. That allows for a key issue, lifting another inner pull ring with a series of cables. This frees the field to continue playing while continuing to work on the deck. That should happen next season.

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Ceiling that closes in 15 minutes.

According to the designers of the stadium, the roof can be opened in 15 minutes and closed in the same time. The cover is a kind of plastic of extreme firmness. The evacuation of water on the roof has been carefully considered to prevent it from falling due to its weight on rainy days. There will be a large 360 ​​degree led scoreboard that will preside over the stadium and will be installed in that great ring. The retractable roof will have 76 meters of light, which is a world record, according to the architects in charge of the project.

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It will only change on the outside.

The current stand will remain exactly the same as now although it will gain some height on one side. The change will be substantial on the outside, but on the inside the Bernabéu will be the same although with some logical change (not of structure) as the video marker that you want to put around the upper perimeter.

Stainless steel skin.

The stadium envelope will be made of stainless steel plates, a fully open metal skin to maintain the conditions of the stadium. It is made of stainless steel treated to avoid reflectability and to have the appearance of stainless steel “from the pans”, according to the architects themselves. It will definitely have a titanium look.

It is a subject that has been studied very carefully, since the metal wrap could originate a situation that has already been experienced in another emblematic building, the one known as the London Walkie Talkie, which needed a major reform after its construction because its concave structure reflected the sun’s rays on the road and ended up melting parts of the parked vehicles and objects from the windows.

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A special facade.

The studio that designed the New Bernabéu wanted to run away from a building with four traditional facades. That was the initial motivation. They wanted to run away from symmetry. So the facade is completely asymmetrical. It changes depending on the side from which you look. The smooth and curved lines change the face of the facade according to the perspective from which you look. There are three suggested cornice lines that model the building as one moves.

A perimeter walk.

The upper line defines a walk that will be around the perimeter of the stadium that is open. It is a kind of terrace. The fan will be able to go around the entire stadium on this walk seeing the sights of Madrid. It is one of the last solutions found when the first project that put the TSJM back, had to be changed, and one of the most striking elements.

A symbolic entrance.

The current Bernabéu has 57 doors but no main entrance. This will be one of the fundamental changes to the new stadium. The entry was intended to be recognizable. So there will be a large lobby on the facade of the Castellana. There will be a great control of lathes and then people will distribute to their area already inside the stadium.

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A special facade.

The studio that designed the New Bernabéu wanted to run away from a building with four traditional facades. That was the initial motivation. They wanted to run away from symmetry. So the facade is completely asymmetrical. It changes depending on the side from which you look. The smooth and curved lines change the face of the facade according to the perspective from which you look. There are three suggested cornice lines that model the building as one moves.

A perimeter walk.

The upper line defines a walk that will be around the perimeter of the stadium that is open. It is a kind of terrace. The fan will be able to go around the entire stadium on this walk seeing the sights of Madrid. It is one of the last solutions found when the first project that put the TSJM back, had to be changed, and one of the most striking elements.

A symbolic entrance.

The current Bernabéu has 57 doors but no main entrance. This will be one of the fundamental changes to the new stadium. The entry was intended to be recognizable. So there will be a large lobby on the facade of the Castellana. There will be a great control of lathes and then people will distribute to their area already inside the stadium.

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Expansion of the museum.

The Madrid museum is, today, one of the main sources of financing for Real Madrid, and it will modernize and gain square meters. The museum and the Bernabéu Tour are visited every year by almost four million people (the most crowded after the Prado and the Reina Sofía). Currently the tickets, for both accesses, are around 20 euros … After the reform, the product offered will improve and will be more expensive.

In addition, spaces will be enabled to be rented for major events within the new stadium. It will be easily transformable so that income increases. “Mixed use was essential,” say the architects.

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