Foster + Partners’ SSE Hydro Arena Features Translucent Skin, Innovative Seating System

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Glasgow has just unveiled its new multipurpose structure which will end up revitalizing the Clyde Waterfront, which went into decline and neglect for many years following the closure of the town’s major shipyards. After 8 years of construction, Foster + Partners’ SSE Hydro now reveals its ETFE facade which is lit up every evening. During the day it manages to blend in with the usual changing Glasgow skyline.

The structure of the SSE Hydro is covered by a 1.400 ton steel housing – one of the largest domes in Europe – and the ETFE translucent building enclosure allows one to discern what is happening inside from the outside. A 260 ton ring which supports the lighting is suspended from the dome, which will allow spectacular and customized lighting for each show.

The modern technology applied to this project contrasts with its interior structure that has been based on the Roman amphitheater, allowing each and every spectator at an event — which can be up to 13.000 — to have an optimal view of the stage. The viewing angle and comfort of the user is furthermore guaranteed by the special seating system designed by Foster + Partners along with Figueras International Seating.

Elkiær+ Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori Win Competition for Multifunctional Sports Centre

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Danish architects Elkiær + Ebbeskov (E+E) and Leth & Gori have won an invited competition to design a large multifunctional sports building in Langvang, Denmark. Competing against teams led by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, CEBRA, COBE and , their winning proposal features a combined sports hall and community centre consisting of a series of multifunctional arenas for activities and events. The scheme also includes a masterplan of the surrounding area centered around sports and recreation.

AD Round Up: Stadiums Part VII

Wanangkura Stadium / ARM Architecture. Image © Peter Bennetts

In honor of the 48th annual NFL Super Bowl, we at ArchDaily are rounding up 5 astounding arenas for your viewing pleasure (way more captivating than those silly commercials): the lavishly leviathan Lasesarre Football Stadium by NO.MAD, the curiously colossal BBVA Compass Stadium by Populous, the daintily dolloped Ice Dome Bolshoy by SIC Mostovik, the tetragonally titanic Olympic Tennis Centre by Dominique Perrault Architecture, and the whimsically whopping Wanangkura Stadium by ARM Architecture. For more Stadium Round Ups, follow this link.

Weston Williamson Wins Brasilia Stadium Competition with Responsive Arena

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London-based studio Weston Williamson has been announced the winner of the Brasilia Athletics Stadium competition. The international competition, associated with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, called for designers to envision a 70,000 seat stadium in the nation’s capital.

Herzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’

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Nearly two years after unveiling the design to the public, Herzog & de Meuron broke ground this morning on the new ‘Grand Stade de ’ in . Surrounded by lush vegetation typically found in this green belt district, the stepped concourse transitions visitors through a forest of slender white columns to the stadium’s bowl, whose form ensures maximum flexibility and optimal visibility for all 43,000 spectators.

Completion is set for 2015, just in time to host the Euro 2016 football championship.

The architect’s description after the break…

Suzhou Industrial Park Sports Center / NBBJ

Stadium View from River © NBBJ

NBBJ has shared with us their latest design in sports architecture, a multifunctional industrial sports complex for the residents of , China. Designed as a community asset, the cultural sports hub will include a commercial center, aquatics facility, gymnasium, , professional sports stadium and more. All facilities will be integrated within a lush “Sports Garden” that features an abundance of pedestrian walkways, gardens and sport fields.

The architects’ description after the break…