We can all comprehend the pressing situation the earth is facing. Many among us are already attempting to reduce our personal carbon footprint by recycling but the necessity of a quicker solution to minimise our risk is imperative. We don’t often consider the impact that our homes, buildings and constructions have on carbon emissions.
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have recently unveiled their plans for a Green Technology Hub in Gloucestershire. With a 5,000-seat stadium made almost entirely of wood for the British football club Forest Green Rovers, a state of the art business park of creating 4,000 job opportunites and a distinctive timber footbridge to connect the two sites. The new build is reminiscent of Hadid’s “Queen of the Curve” signature and of Ai Wei Wei’s artistic stamp on Beijing’s National Stadium (also known as Bird’s Nest). In this case, the venues roof is coated in a thin membrane allowing the turf to grow atop it naturally following perhaps in the footsteps of Jean Novel’s One Central Park in Sydney which features the world’s tallest vertical garden by botanist Patrick Blanc.
“Apply sustainable design technologies with ecologically sound materials and construction methods to create an integrated campus for world leading research and development” said ZHA in an earlier press statement. Not only will this new development be in line with the contemporary views of green living from the conceptual phase to competition but gives us the opportunity to acknowledge this group of designers, architects and artisans involved that are attempting to bring back sophistication, splendour and sustainability to wood architecture.
It is difficult to beat traditional earth, stone and wood frame architecture for its durability as we see that these structures can last centuries, many still with us today. Only time will tell if ZHA Stadium will count themselves among them on the forefront of Ecological Architecture.