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Arup Associates unwraps new Singapore National Stadium

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Arup Associates has completed this 55,000-seater stadium near Marina Bay in Singapore

Built on a waterfront site at Kallang in south-east Singapore - the host city for this year’s World Architecture Festival which started today - the stadium is the centrepiece of a £630 million sports hub masterplanned by AECOM.

With a roofspan of 310 metres the stadium is the first in the world purpose-built for athletics, cricket, football and rugby. When the athletics track is not in use a moving tier of seats can be pulled forward to bring the crowd closer to the pitch.

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A retractable roof clad in translucent ETFE pillows, which incorporates a matrix of LED lighting, provides protection from rain and shade from the sun. This roof combined with a ‘radical cooling system’ that introduces cooled air from beneath stadium seats, allow the stadium to be used 365 days a year.

Architect’s view

Clive Lewis, associate director, Arup Associates

‘A dome roof is a very iconic architectural and structural form. For the National Stadium we wanted the cladding to express the form and geometry of the structure below, which we achieved through the articulation of the super lightweight cladding systems.’

Project team

Architect Arup Associates
Engineer Arup
Architect of Record DP Architects
M&E engineer Arup + Squire Mech
Landscape AECOM

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