Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium has released a new video showing the structure’s unique aperture-style retractable roof closing for the very first time. Designed by 360 Architecture (now a part of HOK), the eight ETFE-clad roof “petals” slide along tracks on the stadium roof to come together at a central point, much like how a camera operates. When fully operational, the roof will be able to open and close in less than eight minutes.
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Nike’s House of Mamba basketball court
LEDs are being phased into use everywhere from living rooms to offices to car headlights to street-lighting. Whilst these uses are practical, for something a little more exciting we can look to Nike. Its House of Mamba basketball court uses an LED surface for graphics, video and player-tracking.
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Granulated cork piloted in Hamburg, Germany
Authors: Torge Hauschild, landscape architect for district sports facility construction at Hamburg-Mitte district authority and Oliver Schneider, Labor Lehmacher | Schneider GmbH & Co. KG
Photos: Torge Hauschild (Figures 1 and 8 to 11) and Labor Lehmacher | Schneider (Figures 2 to 7)
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Author: Tom Jones, Senior Principal, Populous
Populous was recently asked by National Geographic magazine to collaborate on an article about future trends in stadium design and to explore the elements that are contributing to the rapid evolution of this building form. Tom Jones, Senior Principal at Populous, is pleased with his vision of how stadium experience can be redefined. Read More “Redefining the stadium experience”
One of the most appealing aspects of soccer is its simplicity—a ball, some open space, goal markers, and you can play. As the 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia, with matches held in massive modern arenas, here is a look at the beautiful game in action in some smaller and more unusual venues around the world, including pitches built on a glacier, on a beach, floating in a river, made of straw, on a rooftop, and more. Read More “Photos: Soccer Fields Around the World”