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Singapore Sports Hub , Singapore

How do you design an iconic structure that can be admired from both inside and out?

A commitment to creating thrilling sports venues. One of the best industry records for master planning. The Singapore Sports Hub in Marina Bay put Arup’s tenacity in both of these areas to the test as we oversaw creation of a world-class 55,000 seat stadium with an ultra-thin movable roof that could cover or reveal the vast pitch, according to the weather. Here’s how we did it.

A successful example of Singapore’s long term planning, Marina Bay is a 360ha area that was reclaimed during the 70s and 80s in anticipation of the city’s expanding population. Arup had already worked on other projects within the greater Marina Bay Masterplan and in 2010 were enlisted to lead the architectural and engineering design of the Singapore Sports Hub.

Project Summary

55 thousand seats

1world’s largest freestanding dome

310metre diameter roof

Singapore Sports Hub exterior at night Singapore Sports Hub exterior at night

World-class cities need world-class leisure venues

The design ambition was to create a sustainable, fully-integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub, accessible to all. Marina Bay was already home to a 6,000-seat capacity OCBC Aquatic Centre and a 41,000 m2 commercial retail space, so the team’s first focus was ensuring that the stadium fit seamlessly into its surroundings.

Spectators in the stadium sit in comfort

The comfort of spectators in the tropics was another early design challenge. We designed an ultra-thin dome roof structure with a moveable roof that extends over the pitch, which provides shade during events, plus an energy-efficient spectator cooling system that delivers fresh air to every seat in the stadium. An engineering feat, the roof’s design is retractable and open at one end for that all-important city view.

A place for all Singaporeans to enjoy

We also wanted to make sure that the stadium entered into a dialogue with local residents. When the movable roof is down, the venue sends the cheers of its supporters out over the water to the city centre. The innovative moving tier design means the roof can be completely transformed in as little as 48 hours.