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AFL Architects were appointed to develop a design for the SC Braga Sports City in Portugal, upgrading the existing SC Braga Main Stadium and training facilities. The site offered an interesting challenge, as it is the only stadium in the world that is built in a quarry. Using this, the AFL design team had to work with unusual topography and systems, guaranteeing thermal comfort while preserving views to the "rock walls".

The design's main goal was to make improvements to the existing stadium, improving accessibility and the on-site match day experience. During the design process, AFL's other goals were to;

  • Aid the development of the secondary stadium for the women's and academy teams
  • Integrate a multi-purpose arena, club offices and museum into the stadium's design
  • Develop training facilities for the women's team
  • Create a daily destination for SC Braga fans, the wider Braga community, and tourists
  • Provide ample commercial opportunities

AFL Architect's final design allowed protection and enhancement of the built and landscape heritage on site, as well as developing innovative and sustainable integrated systems for the provision and management of building services, power and water provision.

By adding ample commercial opportunities and creating a tourist destination for SC Braga fans, the design provided social value to the community, creating footfall and job opportunities for locals. Increasing the size and quality of the facilities on site also allowed more local children to train.

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