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New Zealand Completes the World’s First Daylit Enclosed Turf Stadium
Posted By Lori Zimmer On August 11, 2011 @ 6:54 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | 3 Comments
The design team spent months researching the perfect material to use for the stadium ’s unique roof, and finally agreed upon Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene, or ETFE. The space industry plastic blocks UV rays, while allowing sunlight through for the stadium to be mostly naturally lit. The ETFE  also provides life-giving sunlight for the natural turf growing below, enabling the natural photosynthesis process to take place without being effected by the harsh elements of the weather.
The enclosed arena  has endless possibilities, aside from football  and rugby. Being shielded from the weather, it can be used year-round as a highly efficient public domain. Concerts, conventions and other ceremonies can take place during off seasons.
Ventilation slots are located throughout the stadium  to ensure proper air circulation. The transparent roof also extends down the end of the building to create an open feeling so visitors feel that they are outdoors despite being in an enclosed space. The seating angles also emphasize this, while also bringing spectators  closer to the action.
The enclosure also means that the stadium  can maintain better growing grass that is unaffected by snow, wind or rain. The temperature on the interior can also be more easily controlled, not only saving on maintenance costs, but ensuring not one game will be rained or snowed out.
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URLs in this post:
 New Zealand: http://inhabitat.com/shigura-ban-unveils-towering-cardboard-cathedral-for-christchurch/
 Populous: http://inhabitat.com/populous-unveils-lush-green-master-plan-of-2014-youth-olympic-games-in-nanjing-china/
 Forsyth Barr Stadium: http://www.forsythbarrstadium.co.nz
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/new-zealand-opens-first-enclosed-uv-blocking-turf-stadium/forsyth-barr-stadium-3/
 stadium: http://inhabitat.com/partially-submerged-sports-complex-in-madrid-emulates-surrounding-foliage/
 ETFE: http://inhabitat.com/cloud-9s-incredible-inflatable-bubble-building-opens-in-barcelona/
 arena: http://inhabitat.com/herzog-de-meuron-unveil-plans-for-solar-powered-stadium-in-bordeaux/
 football: http://inhabitat.com/gary-neville-unveils-plan-to-turn-soccer-into-the-ultimate-green-sport/
 stadium: http://inhabitat.com/london-unveils-groundbreaking-recyclable-basketball-stadium-for-2012-olympic-games/
 spectators: http://inhabitat.com/football-legacy-center-in-santa-cruz-brazil-raises-awareness-of-homelessness/
 the stadium: http://inhabitat.com/seattle-seahawks-stadium-boasts-largest-solar-array-in-washington-state/
 + Populous Architects: http://www.populous.com/
 Architecture and Design: http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/article/New-Zealand-completes-worlds-first-enclosed-turf-stadium/530970.aspx
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