Crystal Palace Football Club, New Ground – AFL Architects
This is a concept design for the new stadium for London based football team Crystal Palace by AFL Architects. It is hoped that the new ground will form part of a sports and athletic hub for the local area, combining existing sports facilities with the new stadium and a state of the art sports centre.
The design pays homage to the original Crystal Palace from The Great Exhibition of 1851. The ‘palace’ was relocated from its original home in Hyde Park to Penge common, where it stayed until destroyed by fire in 1936. The memory of Crystal Palace lives on strongly in the area, influencing it to a great deal, and the idea of designing the new stadium to reflect the original structure that has given name to so much in the local area, including the football team is an elegant concept, and one this writer hopes gets taken onwards.
“AFL have been engaged to develop concepts for a 40,000 seat stadium for Crystal Palace FC along with advisors CB Richard Ellis. The crystalline design is inspired by the original Crystal Place which gives the area it’s name. Alongside the stadium will be a major new subterranean aquatic centre buried into the hillside with a frontage onto the main stadium plaza. The existing listed sports centre will be reconfigured as an indoor dry sports complex providing state of the art facilities. An outdoor athletics facility will be retained on the site in the form of a new community running track”, AFL Architects