Can a stadium become part of the public realm?
The roof canopy of Kiev's Olympic Stadium is made of PTFE-coated glass-fiber textile and is dotted with 640 domed skylights supported by flying masts.
The Barclays Center is clad in 12,000 rusted steel panels—no two are alike.
The Georgia Dome's hypar tensegrity roof is light and structurally efficient.
For the University of Phoenix's stadium in Glendale, Arizona, New York architect Peter Eisenman worked with Populous to design a stadium inspired by and sectioned like a barrel cactus. Its most ingenious feature is a motorized, retractable grass field that can be rolled out at game time.
Seattle's CenturyLink Field, home to the Seahawks, set the record for the loudest outdoor stadium twice in 2014. Designed by AECOM, it achieves its decibels by being relatively compact (its footprint is the smallest of any NFL stadium) and having roof coverage over 70 percent of the seats, which deflects sound back into the stadium. Hear the fans roar below.
Megastructure of our dreams.
In 2000, Rockwell Group developed a plan for a super stadium in Manhattan that would house city's professional sports teams and accommodate the Olympic Games. Though it was not realized, we loved coming up with this scheme for a 60-story structure covering an entire block.
Rafael Viñoly's football stadium for Princeton University is hugged by a load-bearing pre-cast concrete building that houses concessions, restrooms, and offices.