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Press kit - Press release - Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates
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Singapore National Stadium

Singapore, Singapore

Arup Associates

 International Design Awards Winner 2016


London, United Kingdom, 2016-09-28 -

Located on a stunning, central, 35 hectare waterfront site, the Singapore Sports Hub provides a unique ecosystem of sporting, retail and leisure spaces, at the pivot between Singapore’s expanding city centre and the wider public community.


  • 55,000-seat National Stadium with movable roof, ultra-thin dome roof structure. 
  • The world’s largest free-span dome, spanning 310 meters. 
  • Innovative moving tier design to accommodate a wide range of sporting and cultural events for year-round activity. 
  • Energy-efficient spectator cooling system designed for Singapore’s tropical climate. 
  • The largest sports infrastructure Public Private Partnership project in the world.


At the heart of Sports Hub is the new Singapore National Stadium, a state-of-the-art 55,000 seat sports venue.  The innovative design, led by architects and engineers from Arup, is a model for future sustainable stadium design. The stadium is air-cooled for comfort and designed with a movable roof and retractable seating to support the widest range of sports and leisure events throughout the year.

Adjacent to the stadium are community, recreational and retail spaces, all conceived as an integral part of the wider masterplan, by Arup, DP Architects & AECOM. Landscaping is an essential component of the public realm, its design and planning resonating with Singapore’s identity as a Garden City.


Design versatility

Versatility is central to the stadium design and is a key factor in the stadium’s high footfall. By integrating moving tiers, palletised turf modules and a fully closing roof, this is the first stadium in the world custom designed to host athletics, football, rugby and cricket all in one venue. It also hosts major international concerts, shows and festivals with the dramatic skyline of the city of Singapore as a backdrop.


An engineering feat
The National Stadium roof, at 310 meters, is the world’s largest free-span dome.  The moveable roof provides shade and cooling when required and of course shelter from rainfall. The roof is left open when the Stadium is not in use, keeping the grass pitch in healthy condition. The moveable section of the roof incorporates a matrix of LED lighting and, at 20,000 square meters, it is one of the largest LED displays in the world.


Comfort in the tropics

The National Stadium is a model for tropical climate design. It features an innovative energy-efficient spectator cooling system that delivers cooled air to every seat in the stadium. These pockets of cooled air will reduce energy use significantly, compared to a more conventional overhead cooling system. The ultra-thin dome roof structure with a movable roof that extends over the pitch provides shade during events.

 

Total Architecture 

Arup has a long-standing track record of bringing the best of its international expertise to large projects around the world – and there is no better story to tell than its role in delivering the design of the Singapore Sports Hub.

 

A key tenet of design at Arup is the concept of ‘total architecture’ or holistic design from city scale to spectator. This philosophy was exemplified in the way design teams were organised to foster collective thinking in the development of Singapore Sports Hub.

 

Innovative ideas were nurtured and delivered, to make the Sports Hub a venue perfectly matched to its location. It meets all its objectives: providing a day-to-day recreational sporting environment for all of the city’s residents, and a unique, sustainable and spectacular setting for international sporting fixtures and world-class concerts.  A magnificent sporting and event facility, the Sports Hub will serve Singapore well for many decades to come.


About Arup Associates

Arup Associates is an architectural design studio, studio within the international consulting engineering group Arup. We are part of a global legacy associated with excellence and innovation in the built environment. We center our approach on creating beautiful, effective and technologically advanced buildings that encourage people to fulfil their potential.

 

Collaborative by nature and informed by Ove Arup’s belief in ‘total design’, we understand that built space will be inspirational when all of its components work in harmony. At Arup Associates, we are not interested in formalist solutions. It is this philosophy that informs our award winning, holistic design approach. We pride ourselves on our power to transform people’s every day experiences and our ability to work with clients from a wide range of industries and geographies. We are international leaders across a range of sectors, with experts in sports and sports venue design, commercial, transport and science and industry.

 

Arup Sport Venue Design (SVD) is the specialist sport division of Arup Associates. We provide comprehensive venue design solutions to architects, organising committees, contractors and event organisers across the globe. SVD has a fourteen year track record in the design and delivery of iconic sports venues, where our contribution ranges from bowl and sports venue architecture, through to the numerous specialist engineering disciplines associated with professional sport.


For more information please contact Joanne Ronaldson (joanne.ronaldson@arup.com) or visit Arup Associates’ website ( www.ArupAssociates.com).

 

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Client: Dragages Singapore & Singapore Sports Hub


Singapore National Stadium

Architecture and Sports Venue Design: Arup Associates

Engineering: Arup Group


Singapore Sports Hub Design Team

Arup Associates + Arup + DP Architects + AECOM


Completion: Summer 2014

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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture -   With an elegant 312m dome Singapore's new stadium is the largest free spanning dome in the world   - Photo credit:  Christian Richters
With an elegant 312m dome Singapore's new stadium is the largest free spanning dome in the world
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture -   A key feature of the Singapore Sports Hub is the integration of retail restaurant and office space around the stadium. The seamless physical connectivity between these spaces ensures that the precinct is continually busy and active on event and non-event days<br>   - Photo credit:  Franklin Kwan
A key feature of the Singapore Sports Hub is the integration of retail restaurant and office space around the stadium. The seamless physical connectivity between these spaces ensures that the precinct is continually busy and active on event and non-event days
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture - Singapore National Stadium - Photo credit:  Arup Associates
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture - The&nbsp;5,000-seat stadium is a striking addition to a 35-hectare waterfront site at Kallang in south-east Singapore. - Photo credit:  Oaker
The 5,000-seat stadium is a striking addition to a 35-hectare waterfront site at Kallang in south-east Singapore.
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture -  As a new cultural icon, the design has focused on creating a close relationship with the city by opening the interior seating bowl and roof towards the waterfront and the city skyline providing spectators with breath-taking views  - Photo credit:  Christian Richters
As a new cultural icon, the design has focused on creating a close relationship with the city by opening the interior seating bowl and roof towards the waterfront and the city skyline providing spectators with breath-taking views
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture -  The moveable section of the roof is clad in translucent ETFE pillows and incorporates a matrix of LED lighting and, at 20 000 sqm, it is one of the largest LED displays in the world  - Photo credit:  Arup Associates
The moveable section of the roof is clad in translucent ETFE pillows and incorporates a matrix of LED lighting and, at 20 000 sqm, it is one of the largest LED displays in the world
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture -  Elite-level sports functionality as well as every-day use are both key drivers for the new National Stadium design  - Photo credit:  Christian Richters
Elite-level sports functionality as well as every-day use are both key drivers for the new National Stadium design
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture -  The dome roof form was chosen as it is inherently a highly structurally efficient geometry for a roof structure of this scale, especially one that integrates a retractable roof  - Photo credit:  Christian Richters
The dome roof form was chosen as it is inherently a highly structurally efficient geometry for a roof structure of this scale, especially one that integrates a retractable roof
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture - Dynamic design - the stadium in athletics and football mode&nbsp; - Photo credit:  Arup Associates
Dynamic design - the stadium in athletics and football mode 
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture -  The dome structure provides shade and cooling when required and is left open when the stadium is not in use, keeping the grass pitch in healthy condition  - Photo credit:  Arup Associates
The dome structure provides shade and cooling when required and is left open when the stadium is not in use, keeping the grass pitch in healthy condition
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture -  A radical cooling system ensures that the stadium will be comfortable whatever the occasion or sporting event. Instead of being supplied at a high level, cooled air will be introduced beneath stadium seats. This will also minimise the volume of air cooled and thus considerably cut energy use. Giant louvres, meanwhile, will provide protection from sun and rain for the grand arcade encircling the stadium, and allow a free circulation of air  - Photo credit:  Arup Associates
A radical cooling system ensures that the stadium will be comfortable whatever the occasion or sporting event. Instead of being supplied at a high level, cooled air will be introduced beneath stadium seats. This will also minimise the volume of air cooled and thus considerably cut energy use. Giant louvres, meanwhile, will provide protection from sun and rain for the grand arcade encircling the stadium, and allow a free circulation of air
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture -  The largest free spanning dome in the world - The Singapore National Stadium could comfortably envelope the Sydney Opera House  - Photo credit:  Arup Associates
The largest free spanning dome in the world - The Singapore National Stadium could comfortably envelope the Sydney Opera House
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture -  The energy used to cool the Stadium is 100% offset by renewable energy sources, via PV cells fitted to the roof of adjacent Sports Hub buildings  - Photo credit: Arup Associates
The energy used to cool the Stadium is 100% offset by renewable energy sources, via PV cells fitted to the roof of adjacent Sports Hub buildings
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture - Singapore National Stadium is the first stadium in the world purpose-built for Athletics, Cricket, Football and Rugby. - Photo credit: Arup Associates
Singapore National Stadium is the first stadium in the world purpose-built for Athletics, Cricket, Football and Rugby.
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Press kit | 2186-01 - Press release | Singapore National Stadium - Arup Associates - Institutional Architecture -  The Stadium incorporates a moving tier of seats that can be pulled forward when the athletics track is not in use. This improves proximity to the pitch and thus enhances spectator experience and atmosphere  - Photo credit: Christian Richters
The Stadium incorporates a moving tier of seats that can be pulled forward when the athletics track is not in use. This improves proximity to the pitch and thus enhances spectator experience and atmosphere
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