Some of our readers suggested it looks like two squeezed… breasts. Well, we don’t know whether specialists saw the same, but Estadio Ciudad de La Plata has just received “2012 Outstanding Structure Award”.
Ever since it was built in 2003, the stadium was unique. Instantly received a fitting nickname of Estadio Unico (Unique Stadium, exactly) due to its stands form basing on the blueprint of two conjoined circles.
So when roof installation was due in 2010, the roof had to be equally original to fit the ground’s shape. Weidlinger Associates practice were on the case and delivered a design unseen anywhere else and hardy comparable to any other stadium’s roof structure.
Just the fact that it’s South America’s first PTFE membrane-covered stadium and at the same time first one able to become a closed dome, makes it stand out. Though there is no retractable roof structure, segments of the steel frame may be easily covered with extra membrane pieces to make it an arena. The structure has two peaks and centrally located giant screens, hanging above the pitch.
La Plata Stadium, winner of the prestigious 2012 Outstanding Structure Award from the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE). The award, which recognizes “…the most remarkable, innovative, creative, or otherwise stimulating structures…” from throughout the world, was presented to the stadium’s owner, Buenos Aires Province, at the 22nd Jornadas Argentinas de Ingeniería Estructural (Congress of Argentinean Structural Engineers) on September 5, 2012.