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New Zealand's Eden Park Renovated for 2011 Rugby World Cup
Eden Park is located in a historic neighborhood of Aukland, and with the construction of a new and much larger stadium many were concerned about the impact the large project would have on their daily lives. Populous, who was assisted in the design by local architects Jasmax, were active in creating a design that was sensitive to its residential neighbors.
The complex was redesigned, although some of the facilities were retained where possible, and extensive landscaping was added around the site to serves as a buffer zone. Trees and plants replaced concrete as a way to bring the stadiums development down to the level of the neighborhood. An acoustic barrier on the eastern side of the stadium was designed to contain the noise spillover into the neighborhood during sporting events. Additionally, the covering and shades for the spectators also helps contain light during night events to minimize light pollution.
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