Luis Ausín

Luis Ausín

Bilbao, ES


New San Mames Stadium (Bilbao, Spain)

Bilbao is situated on the north coast of Spain. It was an industrial city in the nineteenth and twentieth century, which is involved in a urban transformation since two decades ago. Then the city got an international projection with the construction of Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, and it continues nowadays in a proactive way to transform an industrial city in a tourist and technology centre.

One of the main identities of the city is the Athletic Football Club and its stadium, San Mamés. We replace the old stadium with a new one in order to increasing the seatings capacity and getting a new functional concept of building. Acoording with the location of the project in downtown, we make the building thought of as a transparent object with a capacity of 55,000 spectators.

Other proposals of the competition were located outside the centre, and that circumstance would have supposed the loss of a characteristic icon in Bilbao. The project stems from the idea of an urban reference, a city icon in Bilbao.


Project floorplants and sections express building’s will of being a filter between both public scenarios: the city and the playground. We establishes transparency grades depending on the dialogue. 

This feature has been made possible in three ways:

- Space continuation and direct access from the street to the interior.
- Pedestrian view from the outside of the stadium to the great interior space of the pitch.
-The exterior skin of the building, made of geometric pieces of ETFE, is configurated as a vibrant and traslucent element.
- Doublefaced interior  and scale treatment of the spaces in order to create a promenade experience for the spectator.
- Control, distribution and security of spectators flow, avoiding partitioned spaces by the building.

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Status: Under Construction
Location: Bilbao, ES
My Role: Project Architect
Additional Credits: Company: IDOM-ACXT

Interior boulevard
Interior boulevard

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