Slovenian firm OFIS Arhitekti just completed work on their out-of-this-world football arena in Belarus - and it looks every bit as stunning as the renders. The aluminum-clad stadium for the football club FC BATE Borisov has 13,000 seats and additional 3,000 square meters of public space, organized in a dome-like form. The metal skin looks like a stretched perforated textile pulled over the stadium skeleton.
The rounded arena was scheduled to open two years ago, but due to construction delays the building has just now been inaugurated. Inspired by the structure of living cells, the architects enveloped the stadium in a perforated aluminium skin that mimics the cellular configuration of organic forms.
It can accommodate 13,000 spectators and has an additional 3,000 square meters of public space. The seats are arranged around the playing field in rows of 17 along the sides and rows of 27-28 along the short lengths. The upper west gallery is reserved for press cabins, with seats and tables for 40 journalists and direct stair access to the press room and mix zone. The covered space between the skin and the tribunes houses public programs such as shops, bars, service and toilets.