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“Casa Futebol” – A Concept that Turns World Cup Stadiums into Public Housing

Over the time, football stadiums have proven to have almost no long-term benefits. This is why two architects have come with the idea of converting these stadiums into blocks of affordable housing. The project is called Casa Futebol and was floated by French architects Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux.

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Practically, their idea consists in designing modular housing units in such way that they could fit between the concrete pylons that runs around the outside of the stadium. Because there are 12 different stadiums around Brazil, the design would need to be modified for each venue, which will lead to replacing parts of the stands for some.

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This clever idea involves designing the houses so the stadium can still function as an event space, so that with the money raised from ticket sales the construction and maintenance of the dwellings can be financed. Of course, the residents will have to deal with some noise pollution, but that will also mean getting front-row seats to events all year round.

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