Initiative: Brazil’s World Cup stadiums will be converted into affordable housing
In an attempt to prevent the 12 stadiums built to host the World Cup in soccer to become white elephants, a pair of architects from France submitted an original proposal that colorful and affordable housing units would be put into the buildings. This is due to a shortage of 5.2 million homes in the country.
Now that the World Cup has officially ended, Brazil has to face the familiar question of what to do with the new stadium collection, whose future profitability is in doubt.
In an attempt to prevent the 12 stadiums built to host the World Cup to become white elephants, the French architects Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macao have submitted an original proposal that will include colorful and affordable housing units. Given Brazil’s desperate need for affordable housing due to a shortage of 5.2 million homes and the $ 3.6 billion the state has spent on its impressive stadiums, the idea is likely to gain support.
This idea is typical of the method of 1 Week 1 Project, the company founded by de Stampa and Macao in 2013, with the goal of solving a global problem each week with unique (and sometimes completely delusional) architecture. Last year they proposed the design of a nursing home in the shape of an aura for Pope Benedict who retired.
Similar to this idea, the idea of housing units in the stadium is completely conceptual and will probably never materialize. “The stadiums are so big, and housing problems in Brazil are so real,” Macao told NBC. “It’s just an idea of what people can do with the stadiums after the World Cup, which is not the only solution, but we think it has potential.”
Also, the prefabricated units are supposed to be 104 square meters, meaning they will be significantly larger than the average size of 35 square meters of the apartments available, so it may turn out that the stadium apartments are not so cheap in the end.
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