OMA Gains Approval for Feyenoord City Masterplan and New Stadium in Southern Rotterdam
OMA’s proposed masterplan for “Feyenoord City” has, finally, been approved by the city council of Rotterdam. The Dutch city’s southern district is home to the nationally popular Feyenoord football club and its 80-year-old Stadium De Kuip. The new masterplan aims to revitalize the district and give it an economic push with the introduction of a new stadium and sports center, as well as residential and commercial space.
The new 63,000-seat stadium is planned to be a “catalyst” to the development of the district. Its location between the river Maas, the highway, and the railway makes it visible from the city centers. It will be accessible from the ring road, and it will be connected to the old stadium via the “Strip”, an elevated three-dimensional pedestrian walkway with commercial and public spaces, as well as sufficient parking facilities. The old stadium itself shall be renovated, while keeping its historical features, to include apartments, commercial space, athletics sports center, a public square, and a sports experience. Its surrounding Kuip Park will complement this experience by offering green space for sport and leisure activities, in addition to residential space. The masterplan, also, introduces the “Urban Bridge” which is a new slow traffic promenade that shall connect Feyenoord City to its neighboring districts.
“OMA is happy that Rotterdam has decided to go forward with the development of the first real sports city of Northern Europe, which will have a major impact on the South of Rotterdam and the rest of the city,” said David Gianotten, Partner-in-charge of Feyenoord City. “I’m also delighted that we can maintain the legacy of Feyenoord and De Kuip whilst establishing a new stadium and amenities for the future of the club in Dutch and European soccer.”
The project is, finally, to contain a total area of 180,000m2 for housing, 64,000m2 for commercial space, including restaurants, shops, hotels, and a new cinema, in addition to 83,000m2 of public space which includes the urban sports fields and the sports experience center. The development project’s initial phase will witness the construction of the new stadium, four residential towers, and a hotel, besides the development of the Strip’s northern part. The new stadium is scheduled to open for the 2022-2023 football season.