Latest comments from Populous and Manica-Cmr on stadium project

By Oliver Fisher -

Members of the Populous and Manica-Cmr firms have offered their latest comments on the respective stadium projects.

An event was held in Milano last month during which Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous showed their designs for a proposed ‘new San Siro’ stadium.

However, the project suffered somewhat of a blow when il Sole 24 Ore (via MilanNews) reported that only two council members voted in favour of a new stadium.

A number of reports have claimed that the decision of the Municipality on the public interest of the proposal is expected to arrive later this month, meaning the plans are entering a crucial phases.

Alessandro Zoppini, who heads the Populous studio in Milan, spoke to il Corriere della Sera (via about their plans.

“For the fans it will be a unique experience. The stands will bring the fans closer to the action, it will be a intimate atmosphere,” he said.

“Custom-made installations radically change the appearance of architecture and take on the identity of the two clubs: luminous coils of a blue snake for Inter, red buttresses for Milan.

“We are studying to functionalise the most historic parts of San Siro and integrate them into the project.”

Massimo Roj of Manica-Cmr discussed what parts of the current San Siro may remain in their project.

“Our project has two elements reminiscent of the Meazza.

“At the West entrance the wall with the plates of the cups won by the teams, but above all at the top of the hanging park will be reported the historic lawn of San Siro which will no longer be just for a few close friends but open to the city and for those that live there.

“In addition, the hill faces the east front with terraces that resemble the San Siro terraces, on which we have included some vineyards that will produce Milanese wine.”

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