Two Architects Reimagine Brazil’s Empty World Cup Stadiums as Apartments

• Aug. 7, 2014 • Sustainable BusinessComments (0)1293

Living outside the box. 

Sometimes, when a nation commits to hosting a global event, such as the Olympics or the World Cup, its citizens experience an economic windfall from the new jobs and visitors inundating the host city.  And then sometimes things go south quickly and citizens pay a high price in exchange for the nation’s fleeting limelight. That’s what happened to thousands of Brazilians when the country set about hosting the 2014 World Cup. To build the massive stadiums for the event, Brazil forcefully evicted 250,000 people from their homes. An act that feels especially callus, considering just weeks after the fanfare, the stadiums sit empty and purposeless.

But now, two architects have conceptualized something that addresses both the issue of homelessness and repurposing the abandoned eyesores. Architects Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux, graduates of the School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville, have proposed turning the empty stadiums into free housing apartments, as one of their 1Week1Project.

The project “Casa Futebol” proposes a reappropriation of the stadiums renovated or built for the World Cup using housing modules. The stadiums will continue host soccer matches in order to help finance the construction and maintenance of the houses, and allow the Brazilian community access to their favorite sport.


The now abandoned amphitheater for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. (John Macdougall, AFP/Getty Images)

In 2013, de Stampa and Macaux founded the agency 1Week1Project, where they challenged themselves to produce a “spontaneous architecture” project per week– 52 projects in the year. While they’ve moved on to larger architectural projects, the pair continues to work on their spontaneous projects in their off time. According to their website, 1W1P identifies a site, makes a diagnosis and offers an architectural work, landscape, or urban transformation.

Other projects the pair have proposed include transforming an abandoned building frame into a cheap recycling drop-off in Chile by filling the frame with a large inflated balloon, and constructing a symbolicly shaped halo on top of the Vatican, providing a 360° view of Rome, as a retirement oasis for Pope Benedict XVI after he resigned in 2013.

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