Gallery: New Zealand Completes the World’s First Daylit Enclosed Turf S...

Dunedin, New Zealand is now home to the world’s first completely enclosed natural turf stadium. Designed by Populous, the Forsyth Barr Stadium was completed for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The stadium, which can accommodate up to 31,000 fans, features an innovative UV blocking roof, protecting fans and players below.

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  1. shearwater August 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    My last post was a reactionary rant, I love green design and architecture and was stunned when you posted our new stadium as being green.

    Now I have calmed down I thought I would try to ask more rational questions about why you think our stadium is green.

    What specifically is green about a roof over a stadium? Why is building a massive new building out of all new materials green? did you look into any green certification or assessment of the building? or consider what else is already in the city?

    As a citizen of Dunedin city, with a love of green design, it feels like a kick in the face when you say our new stadium is green. Our city really needs all sorts of pressing green initiatives and these cannot not occur because they blew our budget on a big shiny new box. It really is sad.

  2. DeepBlue August 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

    To defend the post, a retractable roof is not a completely enclosed stadium. So this is the first stadium with a permanent fixed roof and natural turf, as far as I can tell.

  3. coone August 12, 2011 at 4:47 am

    In the Netherlands there have been comletely enclosed natural turf stadium for over a decade.. Do some research please, don’t just copy paste information the architects would like you to believe.

    Proof: (Vitesse Stadium in Arhem, The Netherlands, called Gelredome) (Ajax Stadium in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, called Arena)

    I’m sure other countries have these kinds of stadiums too.. Any quick google search could have verefied that.. Inhabitat is nice to get some general updates, but the quality of the posts is always pretty poor.

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