Arup designs stadium for ACF Fiorentina

UK headquartered consulting engineer Arup has released designs for the new stadium of Italian football club ACF Fiorentina in Florence, Tuscany.

The venue will host the team’s home matches and will be part of the redevelopment of a 48ha area which includes public spaces, an interchange carpark and a shopping mall.

The site is adjacent to the Firenze-Peretola airport, 4km west of the Cathedral and Giotto belltower and well connected to the city and the surrounding areas.

The stadium was developed by Arup’s architecture and engineering team in Milan with support from other European offices.

The design takes inspiration from the "local history and landscape to define a well-rooted building that represents an opportunity for the redevelopment of the area and will be the modern home of ACF Fiorentina".

The firm says the venue "will focus on the fans, using the latest technologies to enhance the spectators’ experience".

Arup developed "bowl generation tools to provide the best sight-lines at every location" and used "virtual reality simulations to allow a real-time assessment of the fans’ experience in the stadium".

James Finestone, Lead Architect at Arup, said: "We have embraced this exciting privilege and acknowledge the great responsibility in designing this stadium, to make the best possible experience for the Fiorentina fans and to make the most beautiful and well considered building that we can for the City of Florence."

Luca Buzzoni, Arup Project Leader, said: "We have collaborated with Fiorentina for the last two years to define a detailed brief, specifically built on their desires and expectations. We have therefore designed a stadium that reflects the local history and landscape in a modern way and provides a great and comfortable new home for the team and its fans."

Images courtesy of Arup

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