week 29 – Casa Futebol




 The project “Casa Futebol” proposes a reappropriation of the stadiums renovated or built for the World Cup using modules of housing of a surface of 105 m ². It is not a question of denying the interest of Brazilians people for the soccer, otherwise of proposing an alternative in the deficit of housing.




Stadiums will continue to be used, receiving soccer matches, a part of the ganancies of which can finance the construction and the maintenance of the houses.





It is thus a question of replacing a part of the seats by prefabricated housing and of colonizing the outside facade. “Casa Futebol” proposes a human scale in these disproportionate constructions.














  1. Andre Enrico

    Dear Architects;
    I am a student from Brazil, and as a brazilian, more than any other foreign I can affirm that the idea of this project is very interesting but sadly it also reflects a sad and stereotyped view from the ones that don’t actually live in here, first of all, even though particularly seeing the World Cup as a huge waste of money, it’s undeniable that not all of the “stadiums” were built in vain, because 8 out of 12 of them will be used monthly and certainly will bring profit to the capitals, by the way, “only” 4 stadiums (the “Arena das Dunas” in Natal, “Arena Amazonia” in Manaus, “Nacional Stadium” in Brasilia and the “Arena Pantanal” in Cuiaba) will be unutilized after the end of the competitions, for this stadiums your project could be well applied.
    But not for the others, which are currently required for regular matches between brazilian teams, reason for what won’t be viable to build modules of housing there.
    Last but not least, the size of the modules, 105m², it’s almost three times bigger than the standard housing program offered by the govern (“Minha Casa Minha Vida”) in which the houses are no bigger than 35m² as seen in the link (http://www.adh.pi.gov.br/minha_casa_minha_vida.pdf)

    Weel, I hope I could have helped somehow and I hope that this project receive the deserved investment to allow its continuity.

  2. This would present some very interesting fire protection challenges, both suppression and egress. It would be a great exercise to come up with some conceptual thoughts about how to introduce these systems with the existing infrastructure.

  3. Sidnei Nardo

    O Projeto é legal.. mas.. tem uma gigantesca questão…:
    Como os governantes irão lucrar com isto???????

  4. Mariana

    Could be done in a project of great schools with excellent sports field outdoors. Let’s think a little, their colleges in the U.S. have a football team, american right? So why not apply the same methodology here using only Brazilian football as an opportunity to study and practice, join two things at once. The Soccer that many speak incentivevando the practice and study anyway, because we would have huge study centers. With several laboratories Study and Research agronomist especially since we are a country that exports so much food out and the materials routed normally. joined each of the right nececidade, sports and studies. We need schools better equipped. It’s a shame for me to see that my parents care more about a white elephant and profits that actually nobody here is seeing what the actual improvements with our children and adolescents. We have teachers, but not worthy of them have their students learn and work places. Think why not a design of a large college sports and practice? Colleges with sports practice? to really change this country have to take the rod, not the fish. I think a project of great centers of study and research and more laudable sports practices. Sorry for my bad English.

    • lulu

      mariana – your idea is a lot better than the one proposed here, and your english is perfectly understandable:) instead, i had to look up and read 3 articles on this project to believe it wasn’t a fake story from the onion…i’m still not sure, but in any case find it to be in very bad taste

    • Malty

      Dear Mariana,
      The Stadiums cost lots of money to be maintained, so the schools would have to do it, or even with help from the government it would have to pay special taxes for existing, basically, so it would be private scholls. That’s not what we need, super special top private schools.

  5. francisco

    Interesting idea. A few questions:
    – How many modules would fit in a stadium?
    – How much do they weight? From the illustrations alone, one gets the impression the structures wouldn’t support the modules.
    – Energy, water, sanitation: how would it work?
    – Why not extend the idea to other locations (other than football stadiums?)

  6. Erica

    Projeto muito interessante….seria ótimo para o Brasil

  7. Luis

    This is the biggest bullshit I ever saw. Absolutely ridiculous, mainly by using private stadiums in this delirium.

  8. Lucas Otávio

    Later reading the original text and Mariana’s opinion, I think that we could do exactly like the american schools, but for poor youngs students, I mean, the students living and sleeping in the university, studying in classrooms and practicing sports in the stadium, but obiviously the models of houses should be smaller

  9. Nikki

    In any case, I hope they are mixed-use, supplying residents a good mix of civic and learning centers, markets, etc.
    These stadiums look a lot like Hakka houses. Consider taking cues from them.
    Also, is this meant to be non-profit? I hope so. There’s potential to convert these into luxury communities… That would be sad.

  10. Daniel from Brazil

    This is sadly an idea that ‘works’ only as an ironic online protest (which I understand and applaud)

    However, in practice it’s a joke. The stadiums would of course be completely inadequate for such retrofitting, both from a structural point of view (they are not built for the extra weight) and from a practical one. How would people get to the upper houses?! Stairs? Would hundreds of new elevators be installed?

    So, full points for creativity, but really the people would be better served by proper housing projects, with proper infrastructure, plus of course “Fifa-standard” schools, hospitals etc…

    (PS: do fix the ‘stadiums map’. Recife is missing, Brasilia has wandered a few hundred miles west, and Cuiabá seems to have moved to Rondonia!)

  11. Eliana Campos

    This should be given to the community split into four parts,a hospital with doctors free to the residents. a school to serve the residents of the the flats, also business premises for small shops to serve the community.

    1. School.
    2. Hospital.
    3. Flats.
    4. Shops.

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  14. Fernando

    Acho correto desde que eles transformem o Stade de France e os demais estádios usados na Copa de 1998 em moradias para imigrantes que vivem na França em más condições.

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  20. Iranzo

    Hi 1W1P & guys,
    First of all congrats´, it´s a greate project!!!

    My Architecture final thesis was nearly the same project, same idea, but with a closer solution, solving Francisco´s questions :

    – How many modules would fit in a stadium?
    – How much do they weight? ( supporting structural solution )
    – Energy, water, sanitation: how would it work?
    – Why not extend the idea to other locations?

    If you want to get in contact do not hesitate in contacting me :)
    PD: Spanish Architect

    All the best for everyone!!! =)

  21. Iranzo

    (sorry) *If you want to get more info do not hesitate in contacting me :)

  22. Beata (Be-ata) Vitas

    I hear the concerns and the uncertainty… but I think this is a brave and brilliant idea. Empty stadiums or used stadiums are the perfect environment for solving the slums of deprivation and poverty because:

    1/ They elevate the people to a cleaner bigger newer modern environment – elevating people’s self esteem.
    2/ Unused areas: Work opportunities – The middle of the arena can be used for making money by the people who live there. Using their talents for
    – growing self sustaining FOODS and sell to other areas…
    – soccer training
    – hand craft markets to invite outsiders into the arena
    – food markets
    – opportunity for shared childcare
    – micro lending to learn new skills to develop ideas like in India that people are starting their own businesses

    3/ Used areas/stadiums: Work opportunities – gives the people opportunity for employment in food stalls, cleaning, being part of the stadium games ticketing machines etc… people will be so more confident and empowered and lift their spirits.

    4/ Educational or recreational areas for children within section of the cubicals.

    5/ STOP the worry about water, sanitation etc… leave this to the ENGINEERS, Hydraulic engineers. Architects won’t just place cubicals… there will be a need for sanitation and water… they work with this everyday and 105 m square is as big as my 2 bedroom 2 bathroom modern unit I live in in Sydney. That is brilliant and spacious for a family to feel freedom and empowerment and safety and life is worth living when they have a few children and often parents or other family members to look after. It brings back the community group family bond that is now lost in Western society. I love this idea and the funding of the projects through advertising and games is brilliant. it would other wise sit dormant and useless for 50 or 60 percent of the time. This way the people use the inside stadium and the sport gets to be seen and viewed by all not just the wealthy in this country.

    Go for it architects of the future! You are brilliant and you have my vote!
    Cheers, Beata x

  23. arda ünal

    does stadium carry the additional weight of modules and stuff inside? okay i shut up….

  24. Mel

    Congratulations! I think it is a great idea!
    It doesn’t matter if there are changes or criticisms about some aspects.
    The whole world learned more about the problems of Brazil, and now it is great to hear that people are really spending time to find solutions!
    I do not know if this project can be realised, but I can say it is a GREAT beginning!
    Thank you!

  25. Dametra Williams

    The houses should have enough space for people to live and live comfortably. 35 squared meters is the size of one room! Basically a prison cell if you ask me. Allow people to have room and space to live freely and fully! Decent safe affordable housing is the foundation to creating a life!

  26. Claudinei augusto

    Queria só ver esses contêineres coloridos aqui em Cuiabá, no calor de 35 a 40 graus…hahaah “excelente” solução arquitetônica.Ops!!! já ia esquecendo, aquilo ali na frente e vidro?..

  27. Nuno de Almeida

    I can only understand this proposal in 3 three ways:

    1- A criticism for the huge expenditure in sports infraestructure; in which case instead of housing, it could be adapted to sports education for young generations…

    2 – A naive concept made by architects that show their ignorance of the social problems in Brazil about housing;

    3 – A way of showing up in the mainstream media;

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  29. Alison

    How about converting the unused stadiums, growing food in the centre, modular units around the outside, solar electricity and water heaters on the roof …

  30. Matheus

    Idea baseless. The question is what is missing in Brazil is not space, but a functioning government. This is creating a new kind of Favela. Project totally impractical.

  31. Kendra

    This really is a fabulous idea, although the country should be paying for everything since they have forced so many innocent people away from their homes. How can the events fund the homes if there are no events? This idea is not thought out enough. Would the homes operate on a septic system? Who would qualify to live here, and if just the homeless, for how long?

  32. At the university of applied siences in Vorarlberg, Austria, I was 11 years responsible for recording teacher lessons (Kinderuni, children’s university 8-12 year old) and other events with 4 TV cameras, the children were always so impressed and interested to learn in this environment.

    Then I was marrying my wife Sandra from Manaus, she got pregnant with 15 and 16, and I know, she was always willing to learn, but there was no good possibility, she was learning English only from books and CDs, then learning me, learning German the last 3 years and is getting now a fix job in an electronic producing company in Austria, even without my help (we are already separated again)

    But what I know: when there is a good willing goverment, they will pay the costs of maintenance for this stadium in Manaus, and all people would like to hear some free lessons in this big environment, and the effect years later will be more educated, more intelligent people, and it will be the biggest profit for the society and also the new goverment, elected one day by this children (and adult) getting here lessons, how to create a better world.

    This stadium has a perfect view for the center (teacher) perfect public adress Sound system, big LED Screens for showing details of laboratory session to show small things, and an environment, like the old Greek teachers (Plato, Archimedes, Socrates) had.

    And it would be such a wonderful effect to show to whole Western Hemisphere, how to teach in future, not with a laptop alone at home (getting isolated without real interaction), but together, influencing each other, maybe with several helping teachers in the audience to answer questions spontaneous.

    It could really show the power of Brazil (with one smile in the face of every child (see the movie Mata-Mata from Mr. Hoffmann)

    I cannot tell, how much happy it would make me to see this dream realized :))))

  33. Marcel Petrocino Esteves

    Um total disparate a proposta. Me pergunto se é apenas um oportunismo do escritório de arquitetura ou trata-se de um problema sério na formação de parte dos arquitetos omissos de seu papel social.
    Vocês levaram em consideração a remota possibilidade de estudar as causas estruturais dos problemas habitacionais enfrentados no Brasil, as demandas da população que carece de habitação (inclusive em relação às formas mais adequadas de moradia e sociabilidade)? Que tal estudar um pouco mais OU AO MENOS TENTAR LEVAR EM CONSIDERAÇÃO O LUGAR NO QUAL SE PROPÕEM INTERVENÇÕES URBANÍSTICAS E SOLUÇÕES CONSTRUÍDAS COM A POPULAÇÃO? Com certeza, um grande adensamento populacional ao “encaixotar” moradores em “containeres” não é solução plausível e muito menos, razoável.
    A proposta desconsidera as relações sociais e econômicas dos demandantes por habitação, por mobilidade urbana e representa um desserviço à necessária reforma urbana.

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  37. florencia

    Guys, I think your idea is amazing, I was reading on facebook, but as well as we all know,not everything publish is exactly real, I started searching and got here.
    I believe that this idea is something that has to be done for humanity itself.
    I don’t wont to go deeper in my thoughts, but really, I hope it comes true.
    Best wishes from Argentina.

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  39. Adriana Alves

    And the clatter on game days???

  40. its an inspiring concept, just needs fleshing out a little in terms of water, food, energy, public retail and private space and layering to make it more realistic… (all solve-able and adjust-able things). As an architect, i know that wastes, structure, access are all things that can be made to work, the big things to consider (and what architecture really can impact) are about relationships – relationships between people, place, environment… and governance.

    keep up the challenges to normal…!

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  42. oduola

    congratulation for a creative idea of this nature. As an architect, the concept of combining social a sport needs a deep analysis and studies with I believe the autor must have been taking into consideration.

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  45. Franck

    bad copy of stephane malka’s self defense project

  46. Félix

    Dear architects,

    I am a student in architecture in Brussels. I would like to know if you know examples (such as “Highbury square”, in london) of stadiums that have been converted to residential or commercial use,…

    Thank you very much

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