A New Roof
On august 10th 2019 a summer storm caused a section of the roof of the AFAS stadium AZ in Alkmaar to collapse. AZ football club wanted to have a new roof as soon as possible and contacted the architectural studio ZJA, Royal HaskoningDHV and IGG to ensure that the 2020/2021 competition could be conducted in a renovated stadium.
The design for the new roof is based on an entirely different principle than the previous one. The original roof was self-supporting, and followed an undulating line, in response to the distribution of seats and the resulting lines of sight on the pitch. In the design for the renovated roof the emphasis is on optimal use of the space inside the stadium, resulting in a roof that is supported by crane-like constructions situated outside the exterior skin. This new roof advances much further over the stadium than the previous one, offering more protection against rain and wind.