Jordan Halliday

Architecture/Architecture (International) (RIBA Part 2) MArch


A speculative deconstruction of the existing physical and functional typology of stadia utilising conceived constructs of hybridity to reimagine the contemporary and future stadium as not solely a functional sporting venue, but instead as an adaptive venue orientated towards urban socio-economic processes.

Stoke-on-Trent is a city plagued by remnants of historic industrial processes, with a poor socio-economic cycle limiting future growth. However, building on this industrial heritage, the project proposes a regional advanced ceramics network. The hub of the network takes the form of a hybrid stadium, encompassing a ceramic factory, technical college, and sports centre, and which unites disjoined residential communities along an axial route towards the train station.

Internally, the vertical dissection of floorplans, in connection with residential accommodations along dominant circulation routes and vertical lighting strategies encourages a comfortable working environment in which sensory relations between the typologies are formed. The modularisation of accommodations, in addition to complexity-dependent configurations, enable adaptability and responsiveness to live urban conditions, whether it be for a specific event, or for gradual socio-economic adjustments.