Lava lands Ethiopia football stadium
Work on 60,000 seat ground to start in 2014.
A competition to build a new 60,000 seat football stadium in Ethiopia has been won by Australian-German architect Lava.
Work on the ground in capital Addis Ababa is due to start in 2014 and will also include an athletics track, an aquatics centre as well as a residential village along with sports halls and arena.
Lava is carrying out the work with local practice JDAW and the stadium is designed to reference the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s excavated architecture. Lava director Chris Bosse said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have gone back to the very origin of stadium design with a sunken arena surrounded by grandstands formed from excavated material.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The faÃƒÂ§ade material that wraps the stadium is inspired by the Massob, an Ethiopian communal serving basket made from woven grass. The countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s main export Ã¢â‚¬â€œ coffee beans Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is also referenced in the faÃƒÂ§ade system.
Ethiopia is currently ranked 130 by football governing body FIFA and last qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations back in 1982.