Sports fans, get ready for a spectacular new experience – recently revealed their design for China’s new Dalian Shide Stadium and it’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Built as though the stadium literally opened up from underground, two exterior walls of the structure are covered in grass and plants and the other two are open to connect the games with the city and allow glimpses of the intense action inside. Sustainability is a top priority and the design includes water recycling, daylighting, renewable energy and the beautiful and original living walls on the exterior.

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Los Angeles-based NBBJ Architects, who have a good handle on green roof design, are responsible for this innovative stadium concept. A far cry from traditional bowls, the design focuses more on the spectators’ view and the fan’s experience. Visitors to this Chinese stadium will have excellent views to the playing field below, but also have views of the mountains in one direction and in other, the ocean. Opening up the stadium to the city allows a stronger connection and allows people outside the stadium to be part of the event as well.

The design for the stadium was envisioned as though someone cut the ground in two and pulled up either side to form the exterior garden walls. These walls then contain the the structure for the roof, the VIP suites, the toilets and concessions stands, the mechanical spaces, and the ticket booths. A concourse circles the stadium with continuous 360 views of the field and large screen LED panels on the interior walls broadcast the game. The exterior of the structure is completely clad in living plants that change with the seasons. The stadium roof is made up of lightweight fabric strung out on flexible cables that will protect fans from the elements, but still provide natural light.

Power is generated on site from integrated wind turbines and solar panels built into the walls and roof. Water will be collected and recycled for irrigation, toilet flushing, air conditioning and fire suppression. Paving around the stadium will be porous to allow for storm water infiltration and much of the stadium will be pre-fabricated in a temporary on-site factory.