The city council of Rotterdam has approved the Feyenoord City concept masterplan in their public meeting yesterday. With this decision, the city council supports the realization of OMA’s masterplan for Feyenoord City including the New Feyenoord Stadium on the river Maas. The municipality will contribute to this major city development project through the purchase and lease of land, shares in the new stadium and financing part of the planned infrastructure interventions.
A historically significant stadium due to its distinctive design, with the oval stands positioned close to the pitch so audience and players are in intimate proximity, De Kuip is known for its unique and intense atmosphere. Built 80 years ago, the current stadium of Rotterdam-based football club Feyenoord no longer fulfills modern demands. To facilitate the football club’s expanding ambitions both in the national and European football leagues, multiple plans for a new and renovated stadium have been made and presented over the past decade, none of which received final approval. In 2016, Operatie NL, OMA and Feyenoord proposed a different approach: the construction of a new stadium combined with the development of the surrounding neighborhood.
In collaboration with the football club and the municipality of Rotterdam, OMA has developed the Feyenoord City Masterplan, introducing a new 63,000-seat stadium that will function as catalyst for the urban development of Rotterdam Zuid, one of the neighborhoods of the city in need of rejuvenation and economic injection. After careful consideration of three potential project sites, a location at the waterfront, northwest to the neighborhood De Veranda, was selected. OMA’s masterplan for Feyenoord City consists of five main elements: a new and larger stadium for Feyenoord, renovation of De Kuip, and development of the Urban Bridge, the Strip and the Kuip Park.
The current stadium De Kuip is to be renovated and redeveloped into apartments, commercial space, an athletics sports center and a public square. The area surrounding the stadium, de Kuip Park, will offer green space for sport and leisure activities as well as residential units. De Strip, a three-dimensional pedestrian walkway, will connect the old stadium with the new stadium and include new public and commercial space as well as parking facilities.
Additionally, Feyenoord City will be connected to the Laan op Zuid through The Urban Bridge, a promenade for slow traffic.
Located between the river Maas, the railway and the highway, the stadium is positioned at an infrastructural node, ensuring accessibility by car, bus and public transport. The new infrastructure and stadium development is accompanied by an extensive social program with sports at its core. Feyenoord will set up a new multi sports club for the residents of Rotterdam Zuid, and cooperate with the surrounding neighborhoods to encourage sports participation.
In total, the program of Feyenoord City consists of 180.000m2 housing; 64.000m2 commercial space including a new cinema, restaurants, hotels, and shops and 83.000m2 public program including a sports experience centre and sports fields. Besides providing a new home to football club Feyenoord and renovating De Kuip for future uses, OMA’s Feyenoord City masterplan aims to spark the redevelopment of Rotterdam Zuid, activate its waterfront and to reconnect this part of the city to the surrounding neighborhoods.