hearts stand

concept for new stand at tynecastle


D² Design were asked to provide an outline concept and visuals for the presentation of the proposed new stand at Tynecastle,

Stadia can appear overwhelming and sometimes aggressive or utilitarian. The approach here was to create a form both inviting and transparent. The concave, glazed form of the main entrance intends to create a focus to draw the crowd from the street, and projects outwards pre and post-match  activity within. This would be glazed and framed in the famous Hearts maroon. An open canopy at ground level allows supporters to walk freely into a congregation area.

There are two vertical circulation towers at either end, again showing the movement through glazed panels. The three-tone solid panels hark back to the more industrial tones and proportions of the common brick used in the previous main stand. The original common brick is carefully deconstructed and reused throughout the new stand both internally and externally.

Private viewing booths on the pitch side are accessed via a hospitality suite on the top floor that opens out onto a roof terrace, offering dramatic views towards the castle and the city of Edinburgh

The work was carried out for James Clydesdale and Associates who further refined and detailed the proposal.


client: Heart of Midlothian FC

STAGE: completE

year: 2015-2018