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BUILDING
 
 
Singapore National Stadium
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DESIGNER
 
 
Arup Associates
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CONTEXT
 
The complex of the interventions
Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP ArchitectsThe 5,000-seat stadium is a striking addition to a 35-hectare waterfront site at Kallang in south-east Singapore.

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.

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.
Relationship with the location
Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP ArchitectsAs 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.
Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP Architects
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DESCRIPTION
 
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Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP ArchitectsLocated 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.Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP Architects
  • 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.
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
Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP ArchitectsVersatility 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
Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP Architects
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
Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP ArchitectsThe 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 Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP ArchitectsArup 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.

Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP ArchitectsA 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.
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MATERIALS
 
steel, ETFE, reinforced concrete

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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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP ArchitectsA 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.

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.
Systems typology
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
Singapore
Town
Singapore
Neighborhoods
Kallang
 
 
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MAP
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Sports buildings
Stadiums, grandstands
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Libraries and media libraries
Museums and buildings for exhibitions
Specialized museums
Sports buildings
Gyms and swimming pools
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2007 - 2008     project winner of competition
Realisation
2010 - 2014
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AWARDS
 
2016
International Design Awards (IDA)
2015
World Stadium Congress Awards
Stadium of the Year
2015
IStructE
Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence
Sports or Leisure Structures
2014
World Architecture Awards
Sports Category
2014
SIA Design Award
Singapore Institute of Architecture
2014
Tekla Global BIM Awards
Steel Category
2013
World Architecture Awards
Future Projects, Leisure-led Development Category
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP Architects"Singapore Sports Hub", The Arup Journal 1/2015, pp. 24-51
"Sport", Icon 137, november 2014, pp. 62-87
Owen Pritchard, "Open Goal", Icon 137, november 2014, pp. 68-75 (62-87)
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ADDITIONS AND DIGRESSIONS
 
 
Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP Architects
The largest free spanning dome in the world
The Singapore National Stadium could comfortably envelope the Sydney Opera House.
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CLIENT
 
 
Dragages Singapore & Singapore Sports Hub
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AMOUNT
 
 
S$ 1,870,000,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Capacity
Football / Rugby: seats 55,000
Cricket: seats 52,000
Athletics: seats 50,000
Height
m. 80
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Arup Group
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
AECOM
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STAFF
 
Project
Arup Associates
Project leader
Arup
Andrew Henry, Chia Wah Kam, Clive Lewis, Malcolm Smith, Mike King, Nick Boulter, Peter Hoad, Ruth Wong, Scott Munro, See Lin Ming
Architect of record
DP Architects
Engineering
Arup
Systems
Arup
Squire Mech
Acoustical consultant
Arup
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Christian Richters, Franklin Kwan, Arup Associates
Drawings © Arup Associates
Text edited by Arup Associates
Courtesy of v2com

Arup Associates, Singapore National Stadium, AECOM, DP Architects



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