Finding Form
Ontwerp voor het Olympisch Stadion voor 2028 in Amsterdam


Tijdens het afstudeerproject heb ik een ontwerp gemaakt voor het Olympisch Stadion voor de Spelen van 2028 in Amsterdam. Het
basismodel voor het stadion is geheel opgebouwd met behulp van de parametrische software Bentley Generative Components. Uitstekende
zichtlijnen vanaf elke zitplaats naar het speelveld zijn de basisparameters waar de rest van het ontwerp afhankelijk van is.

Tevens vormt het project een persoonlijk onderzoek naar de vraag: wat is nu stadionarchitectuur?
Wat betekent het om een stadion te ontwerpen en welke aspecten zijn van belang bij de ultieme

prof. ir. René van Zuuk (voorzitter),
ir. Ralph Brodrück,
ir. Rijk Blok

Fotografie door André van Leth

Design for the Olympic Stadium for 2028 in Amsterdam


My graduation project is a personal research to the question how to design stadium architecture. What does it mean to design a stadium and what aspects define the ultimate stadium experience?

The thematic layer of a stadium already is of an enormous proportion. At the same time, a stadium is a theater, a pub and a church. This design will set exactly the right atmosphere to enjoy an optimal experience of the most important sport event of the world. Everything will be designed to make the visit as perfect as possible. The design of the seating tier will give you an excellent sight on the games going on. This tier is placed as closest to the playing field as it gets. It will be a complete closed ring without any obstructions or irregularities. Due to these decisions no one is distracted and everyone can enjoy the highlights of the event.
The seating tier manages to keep all emotions and energy of the outrageous crowd inside of the stadium and the visitors will challenge to put world records to unknown heights!

Routing and organisation in the stadium is all dependent to the generated seating tier and it’s atmosphere. The highly undulating tier gives an excellent opportunity to cover the stadium with a light weight tensile cable roof, filled with ETFE cushions.

During the design process, I made use of the parametric software Bentley Generative Components (GC). This highly intelligent software makes it possible to combine a great number of parameters, dependencies and mathematical equations into one simple design scheme. In this way, these software is much more powerful than traditional static CAD programs.

In this project, I started with the sight lines to the playing field as the main parameter. With this function, GC generates a continues seating tier with a parabolic cross section. Every visitor will have an excellent view over the entire running track.
The next step is to add entrances and stairways to the seats, together with programmatic functions. These additions and modifications are all dependent on the generated seating bowl.
Due to a maximum distance between each individual seat and the playing field, the seating tier will be cut off by an undulating movement. Eventually, the stadium will be covered by an anticlastic cable net, defined by structural software and imported into the model in GC.

When a design becomes complex and a lot of parameters will define the model, parametric software like GC can be highly valuable. It is possible to give certain optimalization to the design. A whole new architectural language could appear!

prof. ir. René van Zuuk (chairman)
ir. Ralph Brodrück
ir. Rijk Blok

Photography by André van Leth

Maquette: overview  

Cross section  

Maquette: View on routing  

Maquette: view on entrance  

Maquette: interior view  

Maquette: view on routing  

Maquette: view on routing