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In a way, it seems our ability to create buildings that blend in with their surroundings is the ultimate test of our willingness to accept that we are part of nature. And, in Mexico — as in Italy — blending in means looking volcanic.

The stadium, which hosted its first match last year, consists of a white membrane — intended to look like a cloud hovering atop the volcano — and grassy sloped sides. It seats 45,000 and tucks away 8,500 parking spaces under the hillside, which will be open as public parkland when there’s no match on. (As grass and trees grow in, it will be a little more appealing than it is now.)

One can reach it by bus, and car ingress and egress is carefully designed to avoid congestion as much as one can in urban Mexico.

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Photos courtesy oso88; sketches courtesy Massaud