Populous design wins competition for UK's most sustainable arena

The live-concert venue will seat an audience of 12,000, which the firm says will be masked by “the atmosphere and intimacy of a 4,000-seat amphitheatre.” 

March 19, 2015 |
Populous design wins competition for Britains’s most sustainable arena

The façade’s crystalline upper floor will adapt to mirror the event or the arena’s surroundings. Rendering courtesy Populous

Populous has been selected to design the new £90 million Bristol Arena. According to ArchDailythe firm was chosen over Grimshaw, IDOM, White Arkitekter, and Wilkinson Eyre. To realize its design, Populous is working with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Buro Happold.

The live-concert venue will seat an audience of 12,000, which the firm says will be masked by “the atmosphere and intimacy of a 4,000-seat amphitheatre.”

The façade’s crystalline upper floor will adapt to mirror the event or the arena’s surroundings.

The arena is designed to achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating, making it the UK’s most sustainable arena. The structure will feature a displacement ventilation system and have the biggest building-based photovoltaic system in the city.

Read more on ArchDaily.

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