British Soccer Team Will Soon Have the Greenest Stadium on Earth

Zaha Hahid Architects
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The Forest Green Rovers are about to get even greener. As Dezeen reports, the British National League soccer team is getting a new 5000-seat stadium constructed entirely from wood.

The unique idea was chosen from over 50 entries in an international competition. The firm behind the winning design is the London-based Zaha Hadid Architects. ZHA has been approached to build ambitious stadiums in the past, including the Aquatics Center for the London 2012 Olympics and the arena for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This new project will be among their most impressive: Powered by sustainable energy and built from natural timber, the stadium will be the greenest of its kind.

Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince told Dezeen, "The importance of using wood is not only that it's a naturally occurring material, it has very low carbon content—about as low as it gets for a building material. Our new stadium will have the lowest carbon content of any stadium in the world."

The plan is part of a larger Eco Park development project which will also include a public transit station, a nature reserve, and the restoration of Stroudwater canal. According to Express, construction is expected to take anywhere from two to three years.

[h/t Dezeen]

All images courtesy of Zaha Hahid Architects.