Mosul Sport City

Climbing the slope to freedom Mosul / Iraq / 2009

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Mosul sport city, is born with the goal of staging and moving the life and soul of a country for centuries pro- tagonist of history, through a work characterized by a strong symbolic value, a gesture that retrieves the recurring themes of archi- tecture that has identified Mesopotamian art through-

out centuries, by restoring and reviewing, through a more contemporary, social and sustainable perspective, those iconographic examples that have made great Iraq. The goal is to preserve the memory, convey the expe- rience, the values and the message through a series of tributes to the glory of an ancient people, realizing, through an ethics and con- scious building, a place that integrate landscape, archi- tecture, technology and in- frastructure in one system where all the parts collabo- rate to create a socially rich environment.



The architectural character of the structure takes inspi- ration from the ziggurat, fine example of Akkadian and Sumerian architecture marked by timeless lines that are still part of the de- velopment of minimalist ar- chitecture around the world.The new ziggurat, an iconic building in the center of the city and center of social life, lies in a new Mesopotamia, the land between two artificial stands , exhibiting a ris- ing trend, from his entrance to the majestic heights of the walls that contain the



The complex extend exibits a development materially chang- ing between nature and tech- nology, including historical notes and modern facilities that creates a living journey to be experienced by foot, strongly opposed to the car-oriented life of the city, minimize energy consumption at a user level and creating a synergy with the en- ergetic sustainability concept that lies behind the the solu- tions conceived at the complex level.

The two rivers are fed from the water that washes a sloped wall, distributing it to the sym- metric and divergent paths that run along the entire complex.

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The front of the complex greets the visitor with a sloped wall washed by the water that feeds two rivers serving as distributor to the symmetric and divergent paths that run along the entire complex.

Behind sloping garden walls, is hidden an underground space that houses a multipurpose field whose boundaries are will- ing grandstands capable of ac- commodating 1500 people. the structure is covered with a roof fitted with thin film solar pan- els, whose energy is used to feed

the heat pumps of a geothermal circuit, ensuring the internal cli- mate at no costs. Steel cables are radially devel- oped from two spars supporting the ends of stretched grid pan- els which rise with a diminishing angle from the soil and serve as a shield for the wind as well as pro- viding a partial view of the prac- tice area of the facility whose use is duplicated into a gathering place, when not used for its primary purpose.

The end of the practice area is the beginning of the concrete structure that houses the stadium, again full of historic references and iconography.

LIVING WALLS The sloping concrete walls of the structure bring to mind the Great Ziggurat of Ur although its mon- umental impact is refined by in- terconnecting garden paths that cross its surface, giving new life and meaning to the walls that can be walked through without interruption. This is a tribute and a new re interpretation to the gardens of Semiramis where the visitor can meet and live a new sociality without the need to attend a sport event within the regulated areas of the complex. The stadium hosts a forum of 25000 spectators, partially covered by a roof fitted with solar panels that provide the lighting of the service and common areas of the stadium. An hotel is housed in the last three full section of the head of the facility housing the stadium. Its most prestigious rooms have a direct view on the soccer field al- lows the display of the sport meeting from the comfort of the room and in a privileged position. The remaining space is assigned to a commercial use and houses a mall, a food court and restaurants for the visitor of the sport complex and the hotel. The commercial orientation of such the space provides a fur- ther incentive to conceive the new building as a place to live in ev- eryday and facilitates a use that is not directly connected to the sport event.

An Olympic swimming pool and a fitness center are housed in the space immediately beneath the stadium. The Spaces enjoys air conditioning and water heating from the implementation of a geothermal circuit powered by the energy provided by the solar panels placed on the stands covers.

The underground areas on the sides of the wedge shaped complex is reserved to parking space and provide for an average space of 2500 to 3000 cars freeing some important surface land that is used as a public park for the visitors of the complex.




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    Mosul sport city, is born with the goal of staging and moving the life and soul of a country for centuries pro- tagonist of history, through a work characterized by a strong symbolic value, a gesture that retrieves the recurring themes of archi- tecture that has identified Mesopotamian art through-out centuries, by restoring and reviewing, through a more contemporary, social and sustainable perspective, those iconographic examples that have made great Iraq. The goal is to preserve the memory,...

    Project details
    • Year 2009
    • Client Iraq Government
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Shopping Malls / Sports Centres / Stadiums / Sport halls / Swimming Pools / Fitness Centres / Sports Facilities / Hotel/Resorts / Private clubs/recreation centres
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