With an expected cost of £500million, Chelsea have revealed their stunning drawings for the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge. Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron’s design is inspired by the Gothic architecture of Westminster Abbey. The firm previously came to fame for the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, the Allianz Arena in Munich and Paris’ proposed newest skyscraper the Triangle Tower.
The Cathedral of Football will feature bricks and arches reminiscent of London’s Victorian architecture of the past rather than the glass and steel so prevalent of modern day soccer stadia. It will also feature a bridge walkway that leads into the mini village that harks back to the Stamford bridge that gave the venue its name. The unusual shape takes inspiration from the look of the site in the early part of the 20th century.
The plans will bring the capacity up from 41,837 to 60,000 and see the Blues stay in West London after a failed attempt to move to the Battersea Power Station site a few years ago.