TOP LEISURE BUILDINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2017
Mercedes-Benz Stadium Architect: HOK Location: Atlanta, USA Opening: June 2017
New life for the former grain silos IMAGE: HEATHERWICK STUDIO
With a capacity of 83,000 people, this US$1.4bn stadium for the Atlanta Falcons will be the largest in the National Football League (NFL). According to architects HOK, it “will set a new standard in stadium design and fan experience.” Innovative features include the world’s first eight-petal polymer retractable roof, an enormous 360 degree HD video screen and a surrounding edible garden created by Atlanta-based urban designers HGOR. The stadium has already been selected as the host venue for the 2019 Super Bowl. The stadium will open this summer
Zeitz MOCAA IMAGE: MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM
Architect: Heatherwick Studio Location: Cape Town, South Africa Opening: September 2017
Designer Thomas Heatherwick's studio is transforming the historic Grain Silo Complex in Cape Town, South Africa. The design teams have converted the structure into a home for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) and a 28-bedroom five-star hotel.
Seoul Skygarden Architect: MVRDV Location: Seoul, South Korea Opening: August 2017
The project was inspired by New York’s High Line
A 45-year old overpass in the heart of the South Korean capital is being transformed into a verdant garden in the sky. The project will provide the city with a 938m long (3,077ft) public park, featuring cafés, flower shops, markets, libraries and greenhouses. In total, 254 different types of trees, shrubs and flowers will be planted. MVRDV have said their vision is to create a green, attractive and accessible neighbourhood for Seoul’s citizens.
CLAD mag 2017 ISSUE 1