Pierattelli Architetture has put forward a proposal for a 40,000-seat stadium designed to serve as the new home of Italian Serie A football club Fiorentina.

The proposal from the Florence-based architecture company comes amid growing debate over the best course of action for the city’s team. Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso last month expressed his hope for the club to move into a new stadium by 2023 after the Municipality of Florence approved a proposal to make a plot of land available for the potential development.

The Municipality opted to put part of the Mercafir area, a food and beverage market in north-eastern Florence, up for sale with a view to the site being purchased for the development of what would be a privately-financed stadium.

Fiorentina has played at the Stadio Artemio Franchi since it opened in 1931 and there has been talk of a new ground for nearly a decade. Efforts to either redevelop the stadium or build a new facility intensified in June after Italian-American businessman Commisso completed his takeover of the club.

The redevelopment of the Franchi is now viewed as an unlikely option, with Pierattelli Architetture spelling out its vision for a stadium that could cost around €150m (£128.6m/$165.1m) to build and two years to develop.

The stadium has been planned for the Mercafir area and would cover around 60 hectares of land. Dubbed the ‘Sasso’ due to its shape, the stadium’s exterior will consist of a metal mesh in the club’s colours. The project includes a two-storey shopping centre and a restaurant.

Images: Pierattelli Architetture