Architecture project for the Braga Stadium in Braga, Portugal by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, winner of the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Architecture project for the Braga Stadium in Braga, Portugal by Eduardo Souto de Moura
Pritzker Prize Media Photo © Luis Ferreira Alves
Braga Stadium was literally constructed from the mountainside, using concrete made from crushed granite. Removing the granite created a sheer stone wall, and that natural wall forms one end of the stadium.
"It was a drama to break down the mountain and make concrete from the stone," Souto de Moura told the Pritzker Prize committee. The Pritzker jury citation calls Braga Stadium "...muscular, monumental and very much at home within its powerful landscape."
Completed in 2004, Portugal's Braga Stadium hosted the European soccer championships.
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