How to take 'having the lads round to watch the football' to the next level

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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This is the football sensation of the year! No, Beckham isn't making a triumphant return and no, Paul the oracle octopus hasn't found a successor: it's better! To celebrate the world cup, a stadium in Berlin has opened its doors and invited everyone to bring along there very own couch to watch the games in spectacular style right from the opening match, up until the finale. The football club, Union Berlin, opened up its renowned 'Alten Försterei' stadium to people willing enough to donate their sofas for a little over a month and become part of a spectacular project. The idea is to turn the stadium into a giant living room for fans to watch from. The stadium has enough to house 12,000 fans on a good day, and this time, with 750 additional large sofas, it could play host to a little more!

Let's have a look at what went on!

WM Wohnzimmer

WM Wohnzimmer is the name of the event, 'Wohnzimmer' being the German for living room and 'WM' being an acronym for 'Weltmeisterschaft' or world cup!

Der Alten Föresterei—Berlin

A recently refurbished stadium that was more than man enough to hold such an event and have room to spare. Tickets are granted through a lottery based application process that holds no guarantee for those who apply that they will receive one. Although in the case of homify, press access was granted; luckily! 

700" of Dutch power!

Spain v.s. Holland was on the agenda for this evening and the turn out didn't fail to impress. Despite the normal football rivalry between Germany and Holland (one of the oldest and largest in international football), even the German fans were getting behind the Dutch, in order to see off the reign that those glory hogging Spaniards have had for the last 4 years!

A 700’ TV was positioned between at he fans and the decorative novelty of a giant hanging piece of wall paper, set behind. 

Spain lead 1:0

After Spain's initial upset, their penalty brought them one step closer to a win and the Spanish made them selves heard, even in the stadium! As the night began to set in, the flickering table lamps started to come on and add yet another feel of novelty to this overwhelmingly charming and unique idea. 

750 table lamps

Positioned next to every couch was one of these, a waterproof table lamp, each adding their own special touch to the atmosphere and ambience of the stadium.

Second half

As the whistle blows to usher in the second half, the two team were level at 1:1. And as the light levels got lower and lower, there was a moment of twilight that kisses the sky and brought about an almost magical feel to the place. Having said that, everyone was still glued to the TV, and the match was shaping up to be a good one.

The match by night

With the sun completely gone down, Spain took a turn for the worse -to the delight of the majority of the stadium- and the score now stood at 5:1 to Holland. Regardless the lack of light in the stadium welcomed in yet another appealing look: flickering lights from all across the pitch, set against a dark sky and a loud, giant piece of wallpaper!

Grass roots

To summarise, we have something we all new; the score, and perhaps something we didn't; this wonder full and inspired project that has made that live of many a little better and will continue to do so for the next month!

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