Greenpoint Stadium


The City of Cape Town, as the contracting authority, in partnership with the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the National Government, invited proposals for the design, development and financial sustainability planning of the Green Point Stadium and precinct to enable the City to host semi-final matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as a wide range of national and international events before and after 2010.

The Green Point Stadium will be transformed into a completely new 68 000 seater, all-weather, multi-purpose, environmentally sustainable, modern, technologically advanced, world class Stadium giving expression to the "African Renaissance Stadium" at the juncture between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean at the southern tip of Africa. The uniquely impressive and recognisable visuals that this African landmark Stadium will offer the world will be of great marketing value to our continent and country. The new Stadium will comply fully with FIFA Match Stadium requirements.

Makeka Design Lab was responsible for the urban design of the Green Point Stadium and a key part of the architectural team. The Design was developed together with HOK sport architecture in London, blueprint architects and Albertyn Viljoen Nortje Architects from Cape Town.

Hypothesis/ Problem Statement:

How does one reinvent the architectural typology of the stadium as we know it?


The Green Point Stadium has a stunning locale; adjacent to a sensitive residential site in an historical core.

Design Response:

We view this stadium as a catalyst for a range of social and economic activities and therefore saw the appropriateness of an urban design approach to the development of an architectural buidling.  

The question of scale was a key input.  How does one create a large structure that is not overbaring and fundamentally massive?  

The response used proportion to create an optical illusion in order to reduce the apparent or perceived scales of the building.  The resulting design used leaves to cover transitional zones which house public ammenities and supporting functions.