If you’re living anywhere near a pub with a television, you may have noticed unusual buzzing noises and large gatherings of emotive people congregating in your vicinity recently. Yes, the World Cup is now well under way and, while News Junkie may not be a football fan generally, the tournament does offer a bit of something for everyone. For architects, of course, the main interest other than the goal scoring is the stadium designs. Bd is featuring a very comprehensive guide to each one, but News Junkie is breaking it down, featuring a different stadium each day. First up is Soccer City in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa’s flagship stadium…

Soccer City

We’ve uncovered a mid-construction fly through and two interviews with the project architect, Bob van Bebber of Boogertman Urban Edge, who worked with Populous to deliver the 3.2 billion rand (£284 million) project.

The first interview is from Johannesburg’s own web site - van Bebber describes building the stadium as an almost vertical learning curve… read the interview here. See him talk about his design here and watch the mid-construction fly through here.