Find out what interests and inspires us, what we’ve been thinking of in terms of design concepts, and what we’ve been up to in our own designs. We’ll keep you updated as we go along, and thank you for sitting down with us!
Yours, The Steinberg Design Interns
When Interest Meets Career: The Stadium Designer an entry by Crystian
Football- or like Americans refer it as ‘’Soccer’’, is one of the most passionate sports in the world. A good football match– of course, is when two great teams collide one to one and dispute an objective in which defines a winner and loser. But also, Football is the environment that surrounds the whole game. Friends and family enjoy the game while singing together forming choirs that resounds throughout the stadium sending good vibrations to the home team players in the pitch. And not to forget the most important element; the Architectural space and design that encloses this perfect scenario that projects a fabulous event.
Engineer and Architect ARCHIBALD LEITCH (April 27 1865- April 25 1939) designed and collaborated in more than 20 football stadium projects throughout United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. These works include his hometown’s the Ibrox Stadium for the Glasgow Rangers and Greater Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium; amongst others. As living in the industrial revolution era, his career began designing factories. Later in his life, he inclined his career in designing stadiums in which architectural features and facades have survive, and today some have been placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Even though one of his designs collapsed during a match and killed many people, Archie- as many will know him for, remained one of the most demanded architects in UK for decades. Nevertheless, he came up with the formula that for every person seated, two can stand.
Typically, Archie’s works were influenced by his early industrial designs. He considered that his works were more functional rather than esthetical. Essential elements consisted in stands that “ had two tiers, with criss-crossed steel balustrades at the front of the upper tier, and were covered by a series of pitched roofs, built so that their ends faced onto the playing field; the central roof span would be distinctly larger, and would incorporate a distinctive pediment “(Wikipedia). Although many of Archie’s stadiums have been altered to pass through current building codes, they have kept elemental features that maintain its original façade and identity, like the Ibrox Stadium (attached pics). His stadiums may not be futuristic or contemporary, however, always kept the home team essence inside every design.
My Interest for both architectural designing and football has brought Archie to my top first architectural iconic figures. You are welcome to see any of his work on-line and you will find his industrial influences and structural consistencies used in his stadium designs. What do you think?
Creative and Functional a blog entry by Cristal
Horizon a blog entry by Nick