The new San Mames has been awarded by the jury of the World Architecture Festival, the major annual event of the architecture being held these days in
Singapore. The Athletic Club stadium has been awarded as the world best sports
building in 2015. The first phase of the field was completed in 2013 but the
works were not completed until this spring, and this is why it has participated
in the competition this year.
One feature to note is the result of the facade, which emerges from the
joint work of the department of IASO textile architecture and architect Cesar
Azcárate. From this synergy of work and knowledge, IASO's technical team
conducted a specific system that helped meeting the needs of the project.
In one aspect that was key IASO for the construction of the new stadium
it was in the design, manufacture and installation of more than 2,700 ETFE
panels, spread over five levels. The white sheets, sized 5.40 m by 1.20 m with
double curvature geometry, allow natural ventilation of the building. The
specific characteristics of ETFE material have been essential to their choice.
Translucency, durability, strength and light weight are some of the aspects
that have influenced the choice of this material.
The new stadium was designed by the architect César Azcárate and built
by the ACXT-IDOM engineering, with a capacity for 53,000 spectators.