The location of the new stadium in the new Bilbao´s urban expansion, overlooking the river, makes the building an architectonical statement which reflects strength and conviction while respecting the neighbouring buildings in this area of the city.
The stadium´s façade, made of glass and metal vertical elements, allow natural light through into the building, providing luminosity, wide views and functionality.
On the outer skin of the building, between the metal frames containing ETFE sails, perforated metal sheet pieces with triangular geometry are placed to complete the enclosure, serving as a sieve for natural lighting.
It is worth mentioning the VIP areas curtain walling, facing both the inside and the outside of the stadium on its inner skin, as well as STRUNOR´s bespoke curtain wall system, specifically designed for this project for what are known as the “red boxes” on the outer skin, and the metal drop ceiling using a bespoke unitised system which supports perforated and embossed metal sheet panels, generating an organic surface.
Photograph: Aitor Ortiz