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Singapore's stadium for a hot climate

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Elite sport in hot climates is a bit of a touchy subject at the moment, luckily Singapore has an answer

As stadium designs emerge for Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup, objectors remain unsure of the most effective line of argument to derail the plans – the alleged corruption during the bid, or the arguably unsuitable weather conditions for a sporting spectacle.

In Singapore, a country 85 miles north of the equator with inhospitable temperatures and an abundance of cash (sound familiar?), Arup Associates completed the National Stadium in June.

The 55,000-seat structure has a 20,000m² retractable roof, retractable seating, and an innovative cooling system that makes it possible to play sport when the outside temperature hits 30°C or more.

The design is as spectacular from the inside as the outside, where it sits alongside Kenzō Tange’s 1989 indoor arena. The roof is the largest single-span dome in the world. Inside, the trusses loop overhead, arranged in a symmetrical pattern that opens up to the west to frame Marina Bay Sands. 

Most importantly, in a country that lacks a coherent public identity, this is a stadium that will allow people to come together.

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