Username Password  
  Forgot your password?  
ItalianoEnglish
 
  COME VEDERE L'ARCHITETTURA CONTEMPORANEA HOW TO SEE CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
COME VEDERE L'ARCHITETTURA CONTEMPORANEA HOW TO SEE CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
HOME
ARCHITECT | LOCATION | TYPOLOGY | EXHIBITIONS | ADVANCED SEARCH

BUILDING
 
 
The SSE Hydro
Top
DESIGNER
 
 
Norman Foster

Top
DESCRIPTION
 
Foster + Partners The SSE Hydro Glasgow ScotlandThe SSE Hydro, Scotland’s largest purpose-built public event arena, will open to the public with a concert by Rod Stewart on 30 September. Its free spanning roof of 120 metres, large enough to encompass Glasgow's Queen Street railway station, encloses a highly flexible amphitheatre for an audience of up to 13,000. Externally, the arena is wrapped in lightweight translucent panels taking the excitement of the concert to the city – the whole building can be illuminated to glow as a beacon of colour on the waterfront.

Foster + Partners The SSE Hydro Glasgow ScotlandThe new building joins the landmark Clyde Auditorium on the northern bank of the River Clyde within Glasgow’s former docks, and has been designed from the inside-out to ensure excellent views of the stage and high quality acoustics. The flexible arena has capacity for 12,000 seated or 13,000 with standing in the performance bowl, and includes 11 hospitality boxes, two large VIP suites and a club seating level. As well as accommodating a wide variety of concerts and stage sets, the SSE Hydro will also be configured as a sporting venue to host netball and gymnastics during Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The seating bowl is shaped like an amphitheatre, enclosed by a lattice steel roof and wrapped in translucent ETFE cushions. The 1,400 tonne steel diagrid roof, one of Europe’s largest free-spanning roof structures, is held aloft by a circular array of angled concrete fins, which support a tilted seating bowl, designed to draw the audience close to the stage and provide the best possible viewing angles from every seat.

The whole building can function as a huge screen for projections, and every aspect of the state-of-the-art lighting system can be programmed, allowing performers great creative freedom to shape the venue, inside and out. Inside the seating bowl, the stage lighting rig was similarly developed with performers in mind and evolved through discussions with production crews – weighing 260 tonnes, its size and circular form allow maximum flexibility.

The circulation spaces run around the perimeter of the performance bowl. Here, the façade is more transparent to draw in natural light, animating the building with the movement of people and exposing the dramatic structure that supports the tiers of seating within. The spaces are protected from solar gain by a frit pattern, applied to the ETFE cushions.

Foster + Partners designed every detail, from developing the complex geometry of the roof structure to the interior signage. The practice worked with graphic designer, Per Arnoldi to devise a bold primary colour palette for the circulation spaces, and the cushioned seats were developed specifically for the project with the manufacturer.

Designed to reduce energy demands, the building combines natural and mechanical ventilation – fresh air is drawn into the building above the entrances, and vented at a high level. The SSE Hydro is integrated with the district-wide public transport and the surrounding landscaping provides a valuable new civic amenity – the building is set back from the river to frame a new public space between the arena and conference centre. In addition, a low concrete bank curves around the base of the arena, concealing catering and support spaces and providing an attractive green, landscaped plinth.
Foster + Partners The SSE Hydro Glasgow Scotland
 
Spencer de Grey, Head of Design, Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners The SSE Hydro Glasgow Scotland“With its vast steel roof and capacity for 13,000, this is the largest performance arena that the practice has designed – operationally, it allows performers a great deal of freedom in staging events, and visually, its form helps to capture the excitement of a concert. We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with SECC once again, almost 18 years since we were first commissioned to design the Clyde Auditorium. The SSE Hydro has been a great team effort and it is fantastic to see the arena come to life for its first concert.”
Top
LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
United Kingdom
State
Scotland
Council Area
City of Glasgow
Town
Glasgow
Address
Stobcross Road, Congress Road
 
 
Telephone
+44.0141.248.3000
Fax
+44.0141.226.3423
Website
E-mail
info@secc.co.uk
Top
MAP
 
 

View Larger Map
Top
TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for recreational activities
Arenas and structures for concerts and shows
Top
CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2005    
Realisation
2011 - 2013
Top
CLIENT
 
 
Scottish Exhibition Centre Ltd (SEC)
Top
AMOUNT
 
 
£ 125,000,000
Top
DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Capacity
12,500 peoples
11 hospitality boxes
2 VIP suites
Height
max m. 45
m. 33 at the front (south)
m. 15 at the rear (north)
Diameter
m. 120 (span shallow dome)
Surface
site sq.m. 25,000
Top
STRUCTURES
 
 
Arup
Top
STAFF
 
Project
Foster + Partners
Systems
Arup
Graphics and signage
Per Arnoldi
Quantity surveyor
Gardiner & Theobald
Top
CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Drawings © Foster + Partners
Text edited by Foster + Partners
Courtesy by Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners The SSE Hydro Glasgow Scotland



If you haven't already clicked on the photo strip at the top of the page, for the gallery of photos [4 images] and drawings [10 images], enter here
 
 
Contacts    Copyright © 2004 - 2017 MONOSTUDIO | ARCHITECTOUR.NET
 
| Disclaimer | Conditions of use | Credits |