The Ideal Stadium 2.0 - Magazine NEXT


One of the topics addressed in the magazine NEXT by ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects and DAY creative business partners is 'The Ideal Stadium 2.0'. In ZJA’s thinking 'The Ideal Stadium 2.0' is a multifunctional, scalable and sustainable building, with a life cycle that adapts to the changing elements of the city.

ZJA investigated the characteristics of an ideal viewing experience for a crowd attending a match and calculated the right angles of the stands in relation to the field to ensure optimal viewing from all sides. Curving the four sides of the stands made them flow together, creating a stronger sense of togetherness and enhancing the experience of a match. By using rain for cooling, sunlight to generate energy through PV cells, and the orientation toward the sun to optimize shading and heating, the stadium strives to be energy neutral. Geothermic systems and materials that absorb CO2 can make an important contribution as well.

To accommodate all the people and businesses flocking to it, the modern city is becoming denser and more compact. 'The Ideal Stadium 2.0' can contribute a solution to the urbanist and infrastructural puzzle by becoming a multifunctional node in mobility networks, combining residential, educational, cultural and commercial functions with its function as a sports venue. When a stadium is designed into the network of a compact city, the areas around the stadium turn into lively and socially diverse public spaces, making all the square meters it has to offer very attractive. The essence of 'The Ideal Stadium 2.0' is that it is designed as a node in a living urban tissue.

Having collaborated in the renovation of the revamped Thialf ice arena in Heerenveen and having received the German Design Award 2018 for its design, ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects and DAY creative business partners decided to publish a magazine that addresses the development of sports and leisure venues of the future.

This is an abstract of the article ‘The Ideal Stadium’ that was published in the magazine NEXT. If you are interested in the full article and wish to receive a copy of NEXT please send an e-mail to