The international architecture competition for a national stadium and sports village, held by the Ethiopian Federal Sport Commission to build a new 60,000 seat football stadium in Ethiopia has been won by Australian-German architect Lava.
Lava is carrying out the work with local practice JDAW and the stadium is designed to reference the country’s excavated architecture. Lava director Chris Bosse said: “We have gone back to the very origin of stadium design with a sunken arena surrounded by grandstands formed from excavated material.”
The façade material that wraps the stadium is inspired by the Massob, an Ethiopian communal serving basket made from woven grass. The country’s main export – coffee beans – is also referenced in the façade system.